Kazakhstan: Russian robotic cargo ship launches for space station as SpaceX capsule misses rendezvous

Source: Space.com

“The Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a robotic cargo ship early Wednesday (Feb. 22) on a mission to deliver fresh supplies to the International Space Station. The autonomous Progress 66 resupply ship launched into orbit atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:58 a.m. EST (0558 GMT), lifting off from a pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cargo ship will arrive at the space station early Friday (Feb. 24). … Wednesday’s launch occurred just hours before another cargo ship, a SpaceX Dragon capsule, was due to arrive at the International Space Station. But the Dragon aborted its approach at a range of seven-tenths of a mile due to an incorrect value in the global positioning system software used to pinpoint the spacecraft’s position relative to the space station, NASA officials said. The Dragon capsule will attempt another rendezvous on Thursday (Feb. 23), NASA officials added.” (02/22/17)