Russian spacecraft aims to break record for fastest trip 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

The ISS Progress 70 spacecraft lifted off at 5:51 p.m. EDT July 9 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A Russian robotic spacecraft has smashed the record for the time taken to reach the International Space Station (ISS), managing the feat in a mere three hours and 40 minutes.

Coverage, which began July 9, aired on NASA Television and the agency´s website.

After the spacecraft docks, the six crewmembers of Expedition 56 will spend the next few months unloading the cargo, which includes 1,170 lbs. Usually, Progress capsules are sent away to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after ISS crewmembers stuff the vessels with waste.

Russian cargo ship places a novel record for the speediest trip to space station. "Such a significant shift of the launch - by 3-4 months at once - indicates that the manufacturer of the module Khrunichev Center and RSC Energia are not yet ready to submit the final schedule for the assembly and launch of the module and we can expect further shift of the launch date to the right, and it may even be set for 2020". The country had positioned to accomplish during headway missions in October 2017 and February of this year but redesigned both in the two day expedition succeeding take off hampering close the orbital-dynamics window needed for uncommonly swift trip. The first Progress launch was in 1978 to the Soviet space station Salyut 6. In the past, it took the Progress ships up to two days to reach the space outpost. Ultimately, Progress 69 launched on the 2-day flight profile as well.

"A ideal launch", Navias said of Progress 70's liftoff. The vehicles look like Russia's crewed, three-module Soyuz spacecraft but can not carry people.

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

Ever since the mission was being prepared, NASA said speed is a goal of the mission.

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