Russian spacecraft aims to break record for fastest trip to space station

11 July, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Location of the International Space Station at the time of Progress MS-09’s scheduled launch today

A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft on a Soyuz booster carrying supplies for the International Space Station crew has successfully completed its record-breaking two-orbit trip in less than four hours.

The Progress 70 resupply ship, loaded with nearly 2,721 kgs of food, fuel and supplies, is set to launch from Baikonur space port in Kazakhstan at 3.51 am (Kazakhstan time) on Tuesday. That new system is apparently a lot better than whatever they were using previously, and it's helped to make the trip much more efficient, thus cutting way down on the time it takes for its vehicles to arrive at the Space Station.

This was the first Russian cargo mission to demonstrate an "expedited capability" that will likely be used again in future, NASA said in a statement. It can sometimes take up to two days for the cargo vessel to chase down the space station as it cruises around the Earth, but the stars seemed to align this time around and made for a ideal, speedy supply run. In February, a Progress MS-07 launch was cancelled at the last minute after another attempt in October 2016. Ultimately, Progress 69 launched on the 2-day flight profile as well.


A Russian cargo ship has delivered a fresh load of fuel, food, and other supplies for the International Space Station.

The Progress MS-09 or Progress 70 cargo ship-the former name is used by the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, and the latter by NASA-only did two orbits of Earth before docking with the ISS.

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