Unmanned ISS cargo space ship crashes 6 minutes after liftoff: Russia

Russia’s space agency had lost contact with the unmanned cargo ship shortly after it blasted off to the International Space Station in Kazakhstan.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: December 2, 2016 10:31 am
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Russia’s space agency says malfunction has caused an unmanned cargo ship to crash minutes after it blasted off.

The cargo ship was destroyed about six minutes after the liftoff, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Twitter.

Progress spaceship carried more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies and was headed to ISS.

The blast took place at an altitude of about 118 miles (190 km). The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Russia’s space agency had lost contact with the unmanned cargo ship shortly after it blasted off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

 

More details awaited.