Technology Russian Cargo Ship Reaches Space Station in Record Time

00:42  11 july  2018
00:42  11 july  2018 Source:   gizmodo.com

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Progress cargo ships - who’s purpose is to deliver supplies needed to sustain a human presence in orbit - look a lot like Russia 's The record -breaking flight comes just one week after two Russian crew members at the International Space Station , Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov, set a

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a satellite in space: A previous Russian Progress cargo ship docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station. © Image: NASA A previous Russian Progress cargo ship docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station.

A Russian-built spacecraft has reached the International Space Station in less than four hours, making it the fastest supply mission to space in history.

At 5:51pm ET on July 9, a Progress 70 supply freighter blasted off aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A mere three hours and 40 minutes later, the Russian-built cargo craft, filled with nearly three tons of food, fuel, and other supplies, rendezvoused with the ISS. That’s one speedy delivery, and a new record, reports Space.

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Russia 's Progress cargo ships and Soyuz crew capsules traditionally took two days to reach the International Space Station after launch, but in 2013, Russian engineers devised a faster 6-hour flight plan to cut down the trip to a single day.

The fast-track to the ISS required the Progress 70 vehicle to perform just two orbits of Earth prior to docking. “The two-orbit rendezvous was made possible by timing the Soyuz rocket’s launch to an instant just before the space station sailed over the Baikonur Cosmodrome,” explained Stephen Clark at Spaceflight Now.

Russian spacecraft are currently the most efficient at making quick cargo deliveries. For the past six years, the Soyuz rocket has delivered both supplies and astronauts to the ISS in less than six hours, requiring six Earth orbits. U.S. cargo vehicles, such as those manufactured by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman, usually require several days to the reach the ISS after launch.

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The Progress 66 Russian cargo spacecraft docked with the International Space Station early Friday morning. It's the second cargo spacecraft to dock with the

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a cargo shipment to the International Space Station (ISS) in record time early Sunday morning (Feb. 11), and you can watch the event live online. Topped with the Russian Progress 69 cargo resupply ship

This was the Russian space agency’s third attempt at an abbreviated trip to the space station. Previously, lift-off delays, in which control units had to be replaced inside the Soyuz rocket, forced officials with ROSCOSMOS to revert to a trajectory requiring 34 orbits and two days.

“I think it finally worked out for us,” Vladimir Solovyov, the chief Russian flight director, was quoted as saying in Spaceflight Insider. “This is very promising in support of our upcoming plans both for the current program and the programs of the future. So this is definitely a giant step forward. We’ve been waiting for this milestone for a long time and, hopefully, this will become the rule of thumb from here on out.”

NASA is also interested in this new launch strategy, known as a double-loop rendezvous scheme, saying the “less-than-four-hour trip will demonstrate an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches.” Russia’s space agency said it plans to use the faster, two-orbit rendezvous strategy for future Soyuz crew missions, but NASA cautioned that the technique needs to be tested “several more times” before crewed missions will adopt this particular launch profile.

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A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station (ISS) today (July 9) to deliver supplies to the crew of Expedition 56 in record time . Packed with nearly 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) of food, fuel and other supplies

Progress MS-04 Fails to Reach Orbit after Soyuz Rocket Failure - Продолжительность: 17:00 Space Videos 38 717 просмотров. Russian Cargo Craft Sets Sail for the International Space Station - Продолжительность: 12:07 NASA 21 839 просмотров.

Sensible precautions notwithstanding, this achievement bodes well for speedy crewed missions to the ISS. In less than four hours—about the time it takes to drive from Boston to New York City—an astronaut will be able to look out the window of the ISS and gaze upon the Earth. That’s pretty cool.

[NASA, CBC, Space, Spaceflight Now]

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