Monday, 24 September, 2018

Russian Federation launching fastest ship ever to space station

New Russian 'Progress 70' cargo ship could resupply ISS in under 4 hours Russian spacecraft aims to break record for fastest trip to space station
Elijah Vega | 13 July, 2018, 00:49

The Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress MS-09, is meant to deliver food, fuel, and other supplies to the International Space Station, but it was able to record a great achievement in the process. The robotic Progress 70 freighter, which loaded with almost 3 tons of food, fuel and other reserves landed with the station at 9:31 p.m. EDT succeeding a finish a mere two orbits of Earth. Progress-MS-09 is expected to dock to the ISS on July 10 at 04:39 Moscow time.

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.

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. NASA calls this Progress 70 or 70P because it is the 70th Progress launched to the ISS.

It marked the first time such fast-track approach was used. Previously resupply missions with "Progress" spacecraft have taken either six hours (four orbits) or two days (34 orbits).

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The cargo vehicle will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019, NASA said.

The engine on Northrup Grumman's Cygnus cargo ship fired for 50 seconds Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. EDT to reboost the station in a test created to verify an additional capability to adjust the station's altitude, if required.

But it seemed that fortune favored Progress 70. However, NASA has contracted private spaceflight companies to launch the agency's cargo shipments.

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