Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time

Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time

It took less time to get from Earth to the International Space Station than it usually takes to fly with a passenger plane from Toronto to Edmonton! The freighter, designated Progress 70, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:51 EDT and arrived at the ISS at 9:31 EDT after successfully docking with the station.

Russian Federation has consistently tried to keep cargo trips to the space station below six hours, setting a new precedent for a trip which used to take two days.

Piloted craft traditionally take two days or 34 orbits to reach the ISS.

Space.com notes that ISS crew members just stuff the Progress capsules with waste, then sent away to burn up in the atmosphere. Progress 70 will stay linked to the space station until January 2019, when it will be discarded, NASA officials said.

NASA has reported it aired live coverage of the launch of a Russian cargo ship loaded with nearly three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station, the agency said.

The same thing happened with the Progress 69 cargo launch in February.

"A flawless launch", Navias said of Progress 70's liftoff. He added that after being tested on unmanned Progress vehicles the new fast approach will also be used by manned Soyus spacecraft that deliver crews to the station. 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. Another Progress cargo-delivery mission, Progress 71, is scheduled to launch in late October.

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