Start rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” with the ship “Progress MS-08”, scheduled for Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome postponed to the backup date 13 Feb due to a failure of automation. According to “Roskosmos”, “on start command passed an automatic shutdown of engines, the reason found out.” According to the experts, the similar situation of inconsistencies airborne and ground equipment happened during the October launch of the ship “Progress MS-07”. The problem could be the error computer system management. “It is possible — according to industry experts, that because of an error in the software could not open the valves on the steps of the carrier rocket was lights out.”
“Progress MS-08” was to deliver to the ISS of 1.39 thousand kg of dry cargo, 890 kg of propellant, 420 kg of water, 46 kg of compressed air and oxygen in cylinders, components for life support systems, containers with food, clothing, medicines and means of personal hygiene for crew members and scientific equipment, including equipment for monitoring the migrations of wild animals “Icarus”, which the Russian cosmonauts have to install on the external surface of the station during a spacewalk.