The Russian Progress resupply ship MS-08 is set to launch atop the Soyuz 2-1A rocket on a record attempt to work towards future expediated crew launches. The launch, which is taking place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, is scheduled to launch at 8:58 UTC ahead of docking at the International Space Station (ISS) just 3.5 hours later.
This record attempt was set to take place during the previous Progress launch. However, it was called off, an option that remains available to Russian ground controllers during the Progress MS-08 mission.
First, the launch will need to be a success. This launch will be conducted by the Soyuz 2-1A.
The Soyuz rocket is derived from Sergei Korolev’s R-7, which became the world’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) when it made its maiden flight in 1957. A modified R-7 was used to deploy the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, later the same year, and the R-7 would also form the basis of the Vostok rocket that carried Yuri Gagarin into orbit in 1961 – as well as the later Voskhod rocket.
The original Soyuz rocket, designated 11A511, first flew in 1966 as an improved version of the Voskhod intended to launch manned missions with ...