Moscow: A Russian Soyuz-U rocket carrying the Progress M-14M cargo spacecraft was launched just after midnight Wednesday for the International Space Station (ISS) now in orbit.

The rocket was launched from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russia's Mission Control said. The freighter will deliver over 2.6 metric tonnes of supplies to ISS.

The cargo includes fuel, water and food as well as scientific equipment.

The Progress' docking with the ISS is set for 0108 GMT Saturday. The Progress-family freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades.

In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the ISS's orbit and conduct scientific experiments.