Russian cargo ship delivers fuel, food for International Space Station

Ismael LynchJul 13, 2018

Progress 70 connected with the space station as both spacecraft navigated high over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo ship loaded with 2.8 tons of supplies and equipment was prepped for launch from Kazakhstan Monday on what could be the fastest trip ever to the International Space Station.

"The less-than-four-hour trip will demonstrate an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches", NASA officials said in a statement". The total time from launch to docking was three hours and 40 minutes.

The entire event since the launch of the unmanned spacecraft until docking aired live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

After the spacecraft docks, the six crewmembers of Expedition 56 will spend the next few months unloading the cargo, which includes 1,170 lbs. Progress 70 will stay linked to the space station until January 2019, when it will be discarded, NASA officials said. Usually, Progress capsules are sent away to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after ISS crewmembers stuff the vessels with waste.

Russian Cargo Ship Has Delivered a Fresh Load of Fuel, Food, and Other Supplies For the International Space Station.

It was the third attempt to execute the short two-orbit flight scheme for the Progress MS freighter, which required a coordinated effort to realign the orbit of the ISS.Two previous attempts were hindered by delays in the final moments of the countdown that exceeded narrow launch opportunities for the fast-track flight. Progress 70 should make the trip in just over 3.5 hours.

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