Russia Is Launching Its Fastest Cargo Ship to the Space Station Today

New Russian 'Progress 70' cargo ship could resupply ISS in under 4 hours

And there was an advantage; the spacecraft landed eight minutes early rendering the trip to be completed faster than expected.

Packed with almost 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) of food, fuel and other supplies, the uncrewed Progress cargo ship lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket at 5:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT; 3:51 a.m. July 10 local time). The less-than-four-hour trip demonstrated an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches. It would be just another routine launch except for the fact that it was placed on a trajectory that got it to ISS in just two orbits - roughly 3.5 hours instead of 6 hours or 2 days. The new Progress makes six spacecraft parked at the orbital complex including the Progress 69 resupply ship, the Soyuz MS-08 and MS-09 crew ships and the SpaceX Dragon and Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighters.

Russian Federation made it to the International Space Station in record speed, clocking in just three hours and 48 minutes from launch to docking. It can sometimes take up to two days for the cargo vessel to chase down the space station as it cruises around the Earth, but the stars seemed to align this time around and made for a ideal, speedy supply run.

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The Progress carrier will stay docked to the ISS until January 2019, when it will be stuffed with trash and sent to burn up in the atmosphere, the Space.com website reports. Because the launch was aborted during the final moments of the countdown, the mission missed its chance to take the fast route to the ISS.

Progress 70 is not ready to come home yet.

The Pirs module is the preferred docking port for the Soyuz and Progress vehicles.

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