Now, Russia has proven that humans can get to space significantly faster.
It marked the first time such fast-track approach was used.
The Progress MS-09 lifted off as scheduled at 3:51 a.m. local time on July 10 from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a journey that lasted just under four hours. The of late concluded flight was made to display accelerated capacity that may be utilized on subsequent Russian cargo and crew launches wrote NASA officials.
Astronauts aboard the ISS - a science laboratory orbiting 250 miles above Earth every 90 minutes - are able to see multiple moonsets in a single day as it travels at a brisk speed of 17,100 miles per hour. Progress spacecraft (and crew-carrying Soyuz capsules) originally took two days to reach the station before Roscosmos cut that trip down to 6 hours in 2013. 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.
The spacecraft will remain docked at the ISS until January 2019, NASA officials said in the statement.
At the moment of launch, the International Space Station, streaking through space at almost five miles per second, was expected to be just 370 miles to the southwest of Baikonur. Again, that Progress spacecraft flew with the old two-day flight profile instead.
NASA doesn't have its own rockets or vehicles to use in sending cargo to the ISS.