Roamy here. A Progress resupply ship bound for the International Space Station appeared to have a failure in the upper stage. It did not achieve stage separation nor did it reach orbit. The unmanned cargo vehicle launched from Baikonur on a Soyuz rocket at 9 AM Eastern time this morning, and communication was lost 5 minutes and 20 seconds later. It was carrying 2.9 tons of food, fuel, experiments, and other supplies to ISS.
There are enough supplies onboard the ISS for months, so don’t panic just yet.
The Russians had a communications satellite go off course last week, after launch on a Proton rocket.
NASA updates will be on the ISS mission page.
Update from NASAWatch: “Soyuz-FG (crew) and Soyuz-U (cargo) have similar third stage designs so this will have impact on the planned 22 September crew launch…If the anomaly is solved the Progress flight in October could fly sooner.”