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

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

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. Progress-MS-09 is expected to dock to the ISS on July 10 at 04:39 Moscow time. The less-than-four-hour trip demonstrated an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches.

Progress spacecraft are disposable vehicles that are packed with trash and unneeded items and intentionally burned up in Earth's atmosphere at mission's end.

Usually, other spacecraft take 2-3 day to reach the space station.

The Russians attempted such a fast-track rendezvous on the two most recent Progress launches but in both cases, delays were ordered because of unrelated issues in the final moments of the countdown. NASA has stated that to make such a fast docking with the ISS, the station must be near the launch base and that the timing isn't available every day.

Space exploration agencies hope the flights will eventually allow astronauts and cosmonauts to routinely make the trip to the ISS in just a few hours - instead of the two-day journey in cramped conditions they now have to endure in order to reach the world's only orbital laboratory.

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Progress 70 will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019.

Progress 70 is not ready to come home yet.

A Russian cargo ship has delivered a fresh load of fuel, food, and other supplies for the International Space Station.

Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, believes that the unprecedented speed was due to the newest version of the Soyuz booster rocket as it was able to get the ship into orbit with greater precision.

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