Roscosmos 68th cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station is poised to launch Thursday (Oct. 12) from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Lift off is scheduled for 4:32 a.m. CDT (0932 GMT; or 3:32 p.m. local Kazakh time).
The spacecraft is slated to autonomously dock to the Pirs docking compartment on the Russian segment of the station at 7:56 a.m. CDT (1256 GMT), just three and a half hours, or two orbits of Earth, after launch to demonstrate an expedited capability for potential use on future Russian cargo and crew launches.
The spacecraft will deliver about 5,400 pounds (2,450 kilograms) of cargo and supplies to the space station for the Expedition 53 and 54 crews. The vehicle is loaded with food, fuel and supplies, including 1,550 pounds (705 kg) of propellant, 110 pounds (50 kg) of oxygen and air, 925 pounds (420 kg) of water.
The Progress will remain docked at the space station for more than five months before leaving in March for deorbit into the atmosphere.