The Progress 59 cargo ship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch occurring at 07:09 UTC (1:09 p.m. Baikonur time) was good and the ship was placed in a preliminary orbit.
Telemetry between Mission Control and the spacecraft became problematic. Controllers have been unable to get commands to the spacecraft’s onboard computer and can not for example, confirm the deployment of the navigational antennas but they confirm the solar panels are extended.
The plan goes into a default flight, meaning the cargo ship will not arrive at the station until Thursday instead of later today. This gives the mission control more time to work the problem and everything functioning properly. The cargo ship has about a 3-day flight capability, so they could push the time a little but not much. Good Luck!
I’ll post a video of the launch when I can. I am having Internet troubles (since yesterday afternoon), hoping to have it sorted this morning.by