Russian space agency (Roscosmos) spacecraft launched advance towards space station International (ISS). The launch took place at 1:25 am (Brazilian time), departing from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
According to the US space agency, the Progress MS-19 mission is carrying three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station. The trip will take place by a “slow” three-day route, and access will be transferred by NASAStarting at 3:30 am on Thursday (17) on his YouTube channel.
A date has not yet been set for progression of MS-19 to return to Earth. Progress is an unmanned cargo spacecraft, in regular use (along with its North American counterparts such as swan and the Dragon position) to send supplies to the station. On the way back, it is loaded with crew-produced garbage and incinerated upon return to the atmosphere.
Roscosmos recently announced its intention to use “highway‘, making it possible for a spacecraft to reach the International Space Station in just one orbit, or about two hours.
“It is expected that the implementation of the single-orbit advance flight scheme for the International Space Station will be carried out in 2023,” the agency said in a statement, adding that in the meantime, all tests will have to be carried out in order to ensure the technical quality of the project.
This isn’t the first time Russia has tried something like this: Between 2012 and 2013, travel time to the ISS was reduced to four orbits (about six hours), instead of two days from the more conservative route. In October 2020, Roscosmos tested a route with two orbits (three hours) on a manned mission, The Soyuz MS-17.
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