The “Progress MS-11” cargo spaceship at 17:22 (Moscow time) docked to the IInternational Space Station (ISS) and became the fastest spacecraft in the history of flights to the ISS: the time from launch to docking was 3 hours 21minutes.
This opens up new opportunities for manned near-Earth space programs.
Earlier at 14:01(Moscow time), “Progress MS-11” was launched from launch pad № 31 of the Baikonur cosmodrome.
The flight was monitored by specialists of the Mission Control Center.
The cosmonauts of Roscosmos – the ISS crew commander Oleg Kononenko and flight engineer Alexey Ovchinin controlled the docking process from the station.
Previously, the title of record holder belonged to the “Progress MS-09”, which docked with the ISS 3 hours 40 minutes after the launch.