The Progress MS-09 blasted off atop a Soyuz-2.1a rocket at 21:51 GMT Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The fastest-ever cargo run took less than four hours, rather than the usual two days, due to a carefully planned, time-saving, two-orbit trajectory that Russian Federation wants to use for crewed as well as uncrewed flights.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. The new module was originally scheduled to launch in 2007 but has suffered several delays over the last decade.
It marked the shortest the travel time for ferrying supplies for the crew, beating the previous Progress journeys of about six hours.
It marked the first time such a fast-track approach was used.
Man finds wife, her lover dead in carbon monoxide-filled garage
Sources say the wife and the mechanic were having sex in a auto in the garage when they were both killed by the poison gas. He claimed when he found them, they were both outside the vehicle , which had been left running.
The same thing happened with the Progress 69 cargo launch in February.
Progress 70 is not ready to come home yet. "Third time was the charm".
The Pirs module is the preferred docking port for the Soyuz and Progress vehicles. That mission, HTV-7, will take about 4 hours to reach the ISS after launching from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center. However, NASA has contracted private spaceflight companies to launch the agency's cargo shipments.
Ever since the mission was being prepared, NASA said speed is a goal of the mission.