October 31st - 13:43 UTC

Hooks and latches have closed, completing the docking of Progress now it is hard mated with the International Space Station.

October 31st - 13:33 UTC

CONTACT AND CAPTURE at 13:33 UTC.

October 31st - 13:30 UTC

Now a distance of 30 meters as Progress continues it's approach.

October 31st - 13:26 UTC

Progress now 50 meters away.

October 31st - 13:23 UTC

Final approach has begun a little bit ahead of schedule.

October 31st - 13:20 UTC

Progress is now at 200 meters from the International Space Station closing in at 0.1 meter per second.

October 31st - 13:12 UTC

The flyaround of the Progress has now begun.

October 31st - 12:50 UTC

Just over 5 hours ago, Progress M-17M was sitting onto a Soyuz-U rocket in Baikonur, Now the craft is almost visible from the International Space Station as it approaches for a docking at 13:40 UTC.

October 31st - 08:40 UTC

Video of launch is now available at the bottom of this page.

October 31st - 07:50 UTC

T+9 Mins: All the antennas and solar arrays on the Progress have deployed successfully.

October 31st - 07:50 UTC

T+9 Mins: PROGRESS SEPARATION. Progress has separated from the third stage successfully in orbit.

October 31st - 07:50 UTC

T+9 Mins: Shut down of the third stage has occurred.

October 31st - 07:47 UTC

T+5 Mins: The third stage has now ignited and will power the Progress for the remaining four minutes of flight.

October 31st - 07:44 UTC

T+2 Mins: The four strap on boosters have separated on time as the rocket performs it's flight in this beautiful blue sky day.

October 31st - 07:41 UTC

T-0: LAUNCH. A Soyuz-U rocket has lifted off from Baikonur with the Progress M-17M Spacecraft headed to the International Space Station.

October 31st - 07:35 UTC

T-5 Mins: All systems are go for launch.

October 31st - 07:10 UTC

The two halves of the service structure have been lowered into launch position.

October 30th - 12:00 UTC

Launch of Russia's next cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station is set for October 31st at 07:41 UTC from Baikonur on a Soyuz-U rocket. The Progress M-17M, or Progress 49 as NASA call it, in total will carry 2397kg of supplies including oxygen, fuel and water, this also includes 1247kg of dry cargo inside the Progress for access by the crew.

Progress M-17M will use the fast 6 hour approach to the ISS as did the previous Progress M-16M, If all goes well docking is set to occur at 13:40 UTC. This is the second attempt of this new approach, which is being tested on unmanned Progress ships for eventual use in crewed Soyuz TMA Spacecraft which will remove the uncomfortable 3 day journey in the tiny capsule for the crew.

Processing of Progress M-17 wrapped up with the encapsulation into the payload fairing on October 26th, The entire unit was then moved from the Spacecraft processing facility to be integrated with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle. On October 29th the entire Progress and Soyuz-U rocket rolled out to the launch pad and was erected.

Launch will occur at exactly 07:41 UTC, Nearly two minutes into flight the four strap on boosters will fall away and the single center engine will burn for a further nearly three minutes at the second stage. 40 seconds or so after booster separation the payload fairing will separate. At nearly 5 minutes into flight the third stage will ignite, quickly followed by separation of the second stage, The third stage will burn for 4 minutes. On completion of the third stage burn the Progress M-17M will separation, deploy it's solar arrays and antennas and begin checkout ahead of a planned series of burns to bring it to the orbiting complex of the International Space Station.