Following its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 0920 GMT,on 14 June, the PROGRESS MS-06 mission went to to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS)  at 1137 GMT on16 June. This launch is the second Progress of the year and utilised the Soyuz 2-1A rocket variant, following the retirement of the Soyuz-U in February this year. The mission utilised the longer two-day (34 orbit) trip to the ISS as opposed to the quicker six hour route.

The cargo craft carried a total cargo of 2.4 metric tons. This includes propellant, oxygen and water supplies to the ISS, alongside 1.3 metric tons of pressurised cargo. Additionally the mission also transported four nanosatellites to the ISS: Tanyusha-Yuzgu-1 and -2 cubesats (with handle) built at Southwestern State University, Russia; the 4.8 kg TNS 0-2 nanosatellite and, finally, the 53 kg SFERA-53 2 radar calibration satellite.

Soyuz 2-1A lifts off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying PROGRESS MS-06. Courtesy of Roscosmos


It has been reported that when first-stage impacted in its planned impact area  20km down range of the launch site, a fire was ignited in the surrounding grass field.  Sadly, the fire overcame a vehicle that two firemen/clean-up workers were in, and one was killed with the was seriously injured by burns. Both workers were Kazakh nationals and employed by Russian company, NPO Mashinostroenia.