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Russian cargo ship makes its fastest trip to space station

13 July 2018, 12:47 | Ross Houston

A Progress MS-series vehicle approaches the International Space Station for docking

A Progress MS-series vehicle approaches the International Space Station for docking

An unpiloted Russian cargo shuttle took just four hours to reach the International Space Station, setting a new world record.

If all goes well, the robotic Progress 70 spacecraft will dock itself at a Russian port on the station at 9:39 p.m. EDT (0139 July 10 GMT).

Initially, the spacecraft extended its solar panels for power and navigation antennas and Progress fired its thrusters in the first hour of the mission with a major rocket burn going off without a hitch 44 minutes after liftoff.

Progress 68 and 69 were supposed to follow the same faster route to the ISS as 70, but both were re-routed at the last minute before launching and diverted to the longer two-day trajectory.

Today's launch marks the third attempt to send a Progress cargo ship to the ISS via this new fast track. With today's launch, Roscosmos aims to demonstrate that an even faster trip is feasible. Over those 40 years, the vast majority of Progress launches have taken 34-orbit (2-day) journeys to whatever space stations (Salyut 6, Salyut 7, Mir, or ISS) they have resupplied. It will stay at the orbital outpost until the end of January 2019.

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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.

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

The ISS had a resupply mission recently that lifted off in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-2.1a booster.

NASA doesn't have its own rockets or vehicles to use in sending cargo to the ISS.



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