Last Progress M-M cargo spaceship arrived at the ISS

On October 1, 2015, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) conducted successful launch of Soyuz-U launch vehicle carrying Progress M-29M cargo spaceship on an orbital path to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur spaceport.

This is the last Progress cargo spaceship of M-M series. Next Russian spaceships will be of modified MS series, with the first launch of Progress-MS scheduled for November.

Launch of Soyuz-U with Progress M-29M cargo spaceship. Credit: Roscosmos
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Progress M-29M delivered to the space station 2,369 kg of cargo, including 350 kg of fuel, 420 kg of water, 50 kg of oxygen, as well as 1549 kg of different consumables, equipment for scientific experiments, EVA and other auxiliary tools. Besides, TASS Agency informs that the spacecraft contained 6 kg of apples, 5 kg of grapefruits, 4kg of oranges, 2 kg of onion & 300 gram of garlic.

Progress spacecraft may be also used for the ISS orbit raise, waste disposal, and a number of experiments to prove on-board technologies and systems during the automated flight. Departure of Progress M-29M in scheduled for December 26.

Progress M-29M cargo spaceship being readied for the launch. Credit: Roscosmos
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The mission was the 4th Progress-M spaceship flight, and 8th launch of an orbital cargo spacecraft, in 2015. By the end of the year two more cargo spaceships are expected to be launched to the ISS - Progress-MS and Orbital ATK's Cygnus mission, named CRS Orb-4.

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