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Russia’s mission control establishes communications with space freighter

April 28, 2015, 12:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Progress space freighter has about 2.5 tons of cargo on its board and also a copy of the Banner of the Soviet Victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two
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Mission Control Center outside Moscow

Mission Control Center outside Moscow

© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva

MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Russia’s space control center has established communications with the Progress M-27M space freighter, Mission Control said on Tuesday.

"The spacecraft appeared within the area of operation of Russian communications," the space control center said.

Previous reports said a command would be given to the Progress space freighter for opening of the Kurs docking system’s antennas after communications were established with the spacecraft.

A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket blasted off with the Progress space freighter from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 10:09 Moscow time (07:09 GMT) on Tuesday. Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) later reported that the spacecraft had been delivered into a near-Earth orbit.

The Progress space freighter was scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 04:07 p.m. Moscow time (01:07 GMT) but later it was reported that telemetric data were not coming from the Progress spaceship.

The Progress space freighter has about 2.5 tons of cargo on its board and also a copy of the Banner of the Soviet Victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.

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