14 Oct 2020 12:51

Soyuz MS-17 spaceship sets record for fastest flight to ISS

MOSCOW. Oct 14 (Interfax) - The Soyuz MS-17 spaceship manned by a Russian-U.S. crew has taken a shortcut and reached the International Space Station (ISS) within slightly more than three hours; Roscosmos streamed the docking process.

The Soyuz MS-17 manned spaceship docked with the Rassvet module at 11:49 a.m. Moscow Time, after taking off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 8:45 a.m. Moscow Time. Travel time to the ISS was three hours and four minutes, which sets the record for the duration of a flight to the station. As a rule, it takes Soyuz spaceships about six hours to reach the ISS. This is the first two-orbit flight of a manned spaceship to the station.

The previous record was set by the Progress MS-15 resupply ship, which took a two-orbit shortcut and reached the ISS within three hours and 18 minutes.