Russians with a record time to reach the International Space Station
Roskomos reported that the Progress MS-09 spacecraft took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday at 10:51 p.m. Polish time. It docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at 2:39 a.m. on Tuesday.
The entire flight took 3 hours and 48 minutes and is a new record. The previous one was established in 2013 roalso by the Russians. Soyuz TMA-09M arrived inotime to the ISS in 5 hours and 39 minutes.
Progress docked to the ISS after just twooch orbits wokoEarth. Previously, there were times when ships circled our planet as many as 30 times to reach the space station.
Such a fast flight was possible thanks to the ideal position of the station at the time of the rocket’s launch. The rocket lifted off from the Earth krotko after the ISS flew over the spaceport. The Russians’ new navigation system and improved Soyuz rocket also played a big role.
Progress delivered fuel for the station, oxygen, water, dry provisions and instruments for scientific experiments to the ISS. In total, the cargo weighed nearly three tons. Progress will remain docked to the Russian segment of the ISS until January 2019.
This is not the first time Russia has taken proI’m going to break the record for reaching the ISS. Previous proto take place in October 2017 and in February this year. The first proba was canceled due to the opoSource, to whichorego occurred at the last minute, and meant that the flight would have taken two days. A similar problem also occurred in early 2018.
The flight to the ISS with a double circumnavigation of the Earth is to be wkrotce also applied during the flightoin manned. However, a NASA spokesperson stressed that the maneuver will have to be repeated several times before this can happenorzony.