Cargo spacecraft "Progress MS-11" withNew supplies for the crew of the International Space Station reached the docking point in three hours and twenty-two minutes, setting a new record among similar missions in the history of the ISS, RIA Novosti reports. Moreover, the space truck reached the ISS two minutes faster than the scheduled time.
Launch of Russian cargo spacecraftProgress was carried out with the help of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle. The rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 14:01 Moscow time. After 9 minutes there was a separation of the apparatus from the third stage of the carrier. The module flew to the International Space Station, making only two orbits around the Earth. Usually in such cases the ships get to the station in 34 turns (it takes two days). If we are talking about the so-called quick start, then there will be only four turns, which takes about six hours.
The first launch of the Progress spacecraftThe “super-fast scheme” was implemented on July 10 last year. Then the conditions allowed the ship to reach the space station in three hours and thirty-nine minutes.
In addition to standard supplies (food,fuel, water and oxygen), Proges delivered a dynamic lighting system. It is going to be installed on the Russian module "Dawn". The system will simulate for the crew of the station daylight hours from dawn to dusk. A sample of the simulation of the day was taken on May 15, in central Russia.
Further fast launch technologyIt is planned to adapt to manned launches. At the same time, as noted by the source of news, it is planned to do this not only for professional flights, but also for tourist ones.
According to earlier statements by the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, in 2020 there will be an opportunity to get to the ISS "faster than flying from Moscow to Brussels."
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