Super-Fast 3-Hour Manned Flights to ISS to Begin in 18 Months
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 19, 2018
Manned flights to the International Space Station (ISS) under an ultra-fast three-hour scheme involving circling the Earth twice, will begin in a year and a half, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, said on Sunday.
"We are planning to repeat the launch of the Progress cargo spacecraft in an ultra-short two-rotation scheme next March. The flight time is three hours. In a year and a half, we will deliver cosmonauts and space tourists to the ISS faster than a flight from Moscow to Brussels," Rogozin wrote on Twitter.
Rogozin also confirmed information, provided earlier to Sputnik by a source, that the next cargo spacecraft would be launched on March 28 under an ultra-fast scheme.
For decades, spaceships with crew and cargo typically flew for about 50 hours before reaching the ISS. In 2013, Russia introduced a six-hour route to the International Space Station, consisting of four orbits.
The Progress MS-09 spacecraft was first launched to the ISS under the three-hour scheme in July.
Source: Sputnik News
No drill traces detected on photos of damaged Soyuz protection plates
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 14, 2018
Earlier, cosmonauts sent to earth photos of the meteoroid protection plates which were cut off from the holed Soyuz spacecraft to be checked for the traces of a drill, a source in the space industry told Sputnik on Wednesday. Specialists who are carrying out investigation into the August's incident when a hole was discovered in the hull of the Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft have found no drill traces on the photos of the meteoroid protection plates that were cut off from the spacecraft, a source i ... read more
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