Pioneering Rocket Ready for Tuesday Launch

Everything is on schedule for the launch Tuesday of the Soyuz rocket carrying the new Fregat upper stage and inflatable heat shields — a promising and innovative way of returning cargo from space. The launch is set to take place February 8, at 6:20 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (4:20 a.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.