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Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship separates from Soyuz-FG carrier rocket

KOROLYOV /Moscow region/, November 16. /TASS/. The Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship has separated from the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket to continue its flight to the International Space Station (ISS), a spokesman for the Russian mission control center said on Friday.

"The spaceship separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle routinely at 21:23 Moscow time," the spokesman said.

The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 21:14 Moscow time on Friday. The Progress is to dock to the ISS at 22:29 Moscow time on November 18. The spaceship will deliver about 2.5 tonnes of cargoes, including fuels, water and pressurized gases, to the ISS.

This is the first Progress MS-10 launch by a Soyuz-FG carrier vehicle since the early 2000s when it was decided to use these carrier rockets to launch manned spacecraft. Since then, Progress cargo spaceship have been launched by Soyuz-U and Soyuz-2.1a carrier rockets.