Russian Cargo Craft Arrives At Space Station

The ISS Progress 60 cargo craft is now docked to the Pirs docking compartment. Image Credit: NASA TV

The ISS Progress 60 cargo craft is now docked to the Pirs docking compartment. Image Credit: NASA TV

July 6, 2015 – An unpiloted ISS Progress 60 Russian cargo ship docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station at 1:11 a.m. MDT Sunday.

The craft delivered more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies, including 1,940 pounds of propellant, 106 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, and 3,133 pounds of spare parts, supplies and experiment hardware for the members of the Expedition 44 crew currently living and working in space.

The supplies are a welcome addition to the ISS after a series of mishaps has kept supply levels low. In June, a SpaceX Dragon Cargo vehicle disintegrated in midair about 139 seconds after launch. The SpaceX Dragon was carrying more than 4,000 pounds of supplies and payload to the ISS. That accident is currently under investigation. In April of this year, a Russian cargo ship also failed to reach the space station and in October 2014, an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo vehicle exploded just after it lifted from the launch pad.

Progress 60 is scheduled to remain docked to Pirs for the next four months.