Saturday, 22 September, 2018


Russian Cargo Ship Makes Fastest-ever Trip to Space Station

Kristine Garrett | 13 July, 2018, 01:05

The unmanned spacecraft loaded with almost three tons of supplies docked at the station in automatic mode less than four hours after the launch. The of late concluded flight was made to display accelerated capacity that may be utilized on subsequent Russian cargo and crew launches wrote NASA officials. It will stay at the orbital outpost until the end of January 2019.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. "Such a significant shift of the launch - by 3-4 months at once - indicates that the manufacturer of the module Khrunichev Center and RSC Energia are not yet ready to submit the final schedule for the assembly and launch of the module and we can expect further shift of the launch date to the right, and it may even be set for 2020". It would be just another routine launch except for the fact that it was placed on a trajectory that got it to ISS in just two orbits - roughly 3.5 hours instead of 6 hours or 2 days. NASA calls this Progress 70 or 70P because it is the 70th Progress launched to the ISS.

Today's launch marks the third attempt to send a Progress cargo ship to the ISS via this new fast track.

But it seemed that fortune favored Progress 70. The previous record time from takeoff to docking was around six hours, and that involved four orbits.

"A flawless launch", Navias said of Progress 70's liftoff.

Navias added that Roscosmos officials hope to fly several more superfast Progress flights to the space station before using the 2-orbit flight profile for crewed missions on the agency's Soyuz spacecraft.

The Pirs module is the preferred docking port for the Soyuz and Progress vehicles. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will launch a Cygnus cargo mission to the ISS for NASA in November, followed by a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft later that month.

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