Traveling to the Space Station will be faster than going from Moscow to Brussels

MOSCOW, Russia – With Russia testing a faster route to supply the International Space Station (EIA), the trip will soon be only three hours, according to Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos.

In July, the Progress freighter used a two-orbit meeting to reach the ERA for the first time in history. The trip lasted about 3 hours and 40 minutes. Rogozin has promised even shorter travel times for crew members and potential space tourists when the scheme is expanded to the Soyuz spacecraft.

“In six months we will be delivering crew and tourists to the ISS faster than a flight from Moscow to Brussels,” he wrote on Twitter.

For decades, Russian and American launches traveled for two days before carefully anchoring the space station. A four-orbit-six-hour scheme was introduced in 2012, making travel much more comfortable.

Rapid encounter maneuvers were historically used when the USSR and the US were developing their space anchoring technologies, but these missions required the target ship to be placed in a special orbit.

The world record of time between launch and fitting is made by the Soviet unmanned Soyuz mission of 1968, targeting the Kosmos-213 station, which took only 47 minutes. The fastest encounter was made by Georgy Beregovoy in about an hour, but the mooring process was aborted.

But the long-term operation of the space station required an orbit less suitable for a quick meeting, which made traveling to Skylab, Mir, and now to the IEE take more orbits and time.

Russia’s next orbit progress supply mission is set for March.

Meanwhile, Researchers at the Institute of Hydrobiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have presented an ambitious project: transforming the sandy desert of Mars into fertile soil using microalgae.

According to Russian scientist Vitaly Khoroshavin, it is possible to fertile any soil, including that of the red planet, whose mineral chemical composition is not very different from that of our planet.

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  • Master Oroko

    This isn’t just a victory for Russia, but a victory for Eurasia in general. Much of Eurasia is investing in space capabilities.

    • Ivan Grozny

      It is a victory, a huge victory, for Russia – a victory of SOVIET technology! This tech was inherited by Russia, and no one – not even the famed Space-X and others does not even come close.
      It might, at present, not be high on the priority on the Russian National Budget, but rest assured it is there. Give it time, and Russia will, again, reclaim the outstanding achievements of the Soviet Union as a premier and leader of space exploration – some examples, first sputnik, first living creature, first return of living creature, first man in space, first woman in space, first spacewalk, first space station, the most time spent in space, the ONLY tranfer of crew from one spacecraft to another, the ONLY mission to visit TWO space stations – even if the foundation is 60 years old, the Soyus remains the ONLY way for kosmonauts (or astronauts) to reach space!
      Admit it, since Silkovsky, all other than Russians are only catching up whit regard to rocket technology!

      • Master Oroko

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the United States never even went to the moon.

  • anon12309846

    Of course it is, there are no bureaucrats in space.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Space sanctions are here to stay.

  • Todd Millions

    These fast transfers require launch on schedule. The high polar inclination of the ISS-so Russian launches didn’t have to shift orbital plane towards the equator mean that you have a window for launch every 12 hours. The station may or may not be positioned for the next window to take the fast trajectory. Is the launch prep and booster systems trouble free enough to do this trick reliably?
    Any old lurking Ukrainian Mal ware that used to occasionally make the re entry profile so very quick and way too exciting? As well as considerably short of the expected landing area. Tourists should have too pay a premium for those packages.
    As too the seeding of Mars- Don’t. Decades of actual science can be done from bases on Phobos and or Demos. Via real time tele operations. You want to contaminate something you don’t know enough about-do it there.