Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Russian spacecraft sets record for speedy trip to space station

Russian spacecraft sets record for speedy trip to space station

NASA TV will provide live coverage of the spacecraft's arrival and docking at the ISS, and you can watch it live here starting at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT).

Russian freighters and spacecraft carrying crews usually take at least six hours and four orbits around Earth to reach the space station.

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 MS-09 will stay docked until late January.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. 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.

This was Russia's third attempt to break the 6-hour record, according to

It marked the first time such a fast-track approach was used. Ultimately, Progress 69 launched on the 2-day flight profile as well.

But it seemed that fortune favored Progress 70.

By the time the Progress spacecraft separated from its upper stage booster eight minutes and 45 second after takeoff, the lab complex was expected to be 1,004 miles ahead with both spacecraft in the same orbital plane.

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

The European Space Agency has also launched cargo to the ISS with that agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle, the last of which flew in 2014.

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