Russian spacecraft sets record for speedy trip to space station


The entire event since the launch of the unmanned spacecraft until docking aired live on NASA Television and the agency's website. It was launched at 5:51 p.m. ET by a Soyuz-2 rocket from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Russian Cargo Ship MS-09 successfully docked International Space Station with food, fuel and other supplies.

A new four-orbit (6 hour) trajectory was introduced in 2013, but the Russians have continued trying to reduce the lag between launch and arrival both for Progress and its cousin, the crew-carrying Soyuz spacecraft.

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

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Well, the specifics are a bit vague on Russia's end, but the gist is that the Russian space agency is now using an updated navigation system on its resupply missions. It is now scheduled to launch in August 2019, but that may be postponed again, to 2020, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik International. The Pirs compartment will be replaced with a new module, the long-delayed Multipurpose Laboratory Module, which was originally scheduled to join the ISS in 2007.

The SpaceX's 15th cargo flight to the space station that launched on June 29 took three days to reach the space station. "Third time was the charm".

It arrived eight minutes ahead of schedule at 9:31 pm ET. That mission, HTV-7, will take about 4 hours to reach the ISS after launching from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center.

A second attempt earlier this year in February hit the same roadblock with Progress 69: A last-minute glitch forced Roscosmos to abort the launch a minute before liftoff.