Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Progress 45 Successfully Docks With Space Station

The unmanned Progress 45 cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station Wednesday. The successful launch and docking of the Russian spacecraft opens the way for manned Soyuz flights to resume after the crash of the previous Progress.

The loss of the Progress cargo flight on Aug. 24 grounded all launches of Russia's workhorse Soyuz rocket over safety concerns and forced staffing levels to be cut on the space station.

But the latest mission's three-day automated flight and docking clears the way for a resumption of manned space launches. It may also soothe concerns about depending solely on Russia for flights to the orbital laboratory.

Russian craft delivers supplies to space station | Reuters: