Russia sends upgraded cargo ship to space station

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Mission Control says a modernized cargo ship has been launched to deliver supplies and equipment for the international space station.

Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin says the unmanned Progress M-01M cargo ship has a new main computer and features a fully digital telemetric system along with other improvements.

Lyndin says the Soyuz-U booster rocket carrying the ship lifted off as scheduled at 3:38 p.m. (1238 GMT) Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

He says the ship is set to dock at the station Sunday.

Lyndin says the cargo ship is delivering more than 2.5 tons of fuel, oxygen and equipment along with water, food and gifts for the crew.

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