cloudy
Saturday February 24th, 2018 1:05PM

At last minute, Russia scrubs cargo launch to space station

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scrubbed the planned launch of an unmanned cargo spacecraft that was to have delivered tons of supplies to the International Space Station.

Preparations for the launch of the Progress ship from the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan appeared to be proceeding smoothly Sunday until less than a minute before the liftoff.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, said the launch was halted after an automated command, but said the reason for the command was under investigation. It said the launch is rescheduled for Tuesday.

The Russian spacecraft carry fuel, food and other supplies to the ISS. This one was to have attempted a new fast route to the station, docking just 3.5 hours after launch after just two Earth orbits.

There are six astronauts currently aboard the ISS — two Russians, three Americans and one from Japan.

___

This story corrects the number of astronauts now on the space station to six.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Business, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow; no survivors seen
A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city's airports
9:33AM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Canadians shut out Russians in women's hockey
Rebecca Johnston scored two goals as Canada shut out the Russians 5-0 in the country's quest to keep its golden grip on women's hockey in the Olympics
9:32AM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Parts shortage grounded crashed jet for 2 years
Russia's state news agency Tass says the passenger airliner that crashed outside Moscow on Sunday had been flying since 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts
9:32AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Iran marks anniversary of Islamic Revolution after protests
Iranians mark anniversary of 1979 Islamic Revolution, just weeks after anti-government protests across the country
8:16AM ( 1 hour ago )
UK official warns Oxfam to hand over all info on sex case
Britain's development secretary has warned Oxfam that it may lose British government funding if the anti-poverty charity doesn't hand over all the information it has about a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti.
7:36AM ( 2 hours ago )
Turkey slams Cyprus for gas search, blocks rig with warships
Turkey's foreign ministry has again criticized the Cyprus government for a "unilateral" offshore hydrocarbons search after Turkish warships prevented a rig from reaching an area off Cyprus where it's scheduled to start exploratory drilling for gas.
5:33AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business
Drones grounded at opening ceremony _ but not on tape delay
An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded
6:16PM ( 15 hours ago )
In US swing, Trudeau mixes job deals with defense of NAFTA
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came with an unambiguous message on his latest US visit: the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success that needs to be modernized, not abandoned
1:46AM ( 1 day ago )
Trudeau strikes cooperative tone in seeking NAFTA deal
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the North American Free Trade Agreement has been good for the U.S. and his country, but he also wants to see it updated to lift those who are struggling despite surging economies
12:16AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Technology News
Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow; no survivors seen
A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city's airports
9:33AM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Canadians shut out Russians in women's hockey
Rebecca Johnston scored two goals as Canada shut out the Russians 5-0 in the country's quest to keep its golden grip on women's hockey in the Olympics
9:32AM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Parts shortage grounded crashed jet for 2 years
Russia's state news agency Tass says the passenger airliner that crashed outside Moscow on Sunday had been flying since 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts
9:32AM ( 9 minutes ago )
South Africa's Ramaphosa says power transfer to be finalized
South Africa's deputy president says ruling party leaders who are scheduled to meet on Monday will finalize a power transition from President Jacob Zuma
9:03AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Surprise! Gleirscher wins, Mazdzer medals, Loch's reign ends
Sliding stunner: Austria's David Gleirscher wins Olympic luge gold, Chris Mazdzer gives the U.S. a silver, and Felix Loch's reign comes to an end
9:00AM ( 41 minutes ago )