Russian cargo ship experiences antenna problem on space station mission

Moscow, Apr 24 (EFE).- The Russian Progress M-19M cargo ship launched Wednesday from the Baikonur space complex in Kazakhstan was unable to fully deploy one of its proximity antennas, the Space Flight Control Center said.

"That's right, one of the antennas that guarantee the approach to the International Space Station (ISS) did not deploy," a spokesman for the center told the Interfax news agency.

Russian specialists will examine the position of the apparatus when the space ship enters the area monitored by the Space Flight Control Center, the spokesman said.

The vessel, which is carrying 2.5 tons of cargo in its hold, is scheduled to dock with the space station on Friday.

The flight plan calls for the Progress M-19M to dock with the Zvezda service module, which is part of the Russian section of the ISS, at 1226 GMT on Friday.