Russia ‘anticipated’ to launch rescue ship to ISS on Feb 24: official

MOSCOW: Russia’s area company mentioned Saturday it was planning to ship a rescue ship on February 24 to carry house three astronauts whose return car was broken by a tiny meteoroid.

“The launch is predicted on February 24,” a spokesman for the Roscosmos area company instructed AFP.

Final Monday, the area company mentioned it had delayed the launch of the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft, saying a provide ship docked on the Worldwide House Station (ISS) had leaked coolant.

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The Soyuz MS-22 flew Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin and Sergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio to the ISS in September.

They have been scheduled to return house in the identical spacecraft nevertheless it started leaking coolant in mid-December after being hit by what US and Russian area officers imagine was a tiny area rock.

In January, Russia mentioned that it will ship an empty spacecraft to the ISS in February to carry house the three astronauts.

Final Monday, the launch was postponed after one other vessel — a Russian provide ship docked on the ISS, the Progress MS-21 — had additionally leaked coolant, sparking concern.

Earlier on Saturday, the Russian area company mentioned that chief designers had now really helpful that the launch of the rescue ship be set for 03:34 am on February 24.

The Soyuz MS-24 had been fastidiously examined, and no injury had been discovered, the area company mentioned in a press release.

Now a state fee has to log out on the brand new date.

The Roscosmos official instructed AFP that the state fee was extensively anticipated to approve the brand new launch date.

The Progress provide ship shall be de-orbited on February 19, the area company mentioned in a separate assertion.