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Briefs: Soyuz docks with ISS; Progress to test faster ISS rendezvous

17 Jul 2012, 16:31 UTC
Briefs: Soyuz docks with ISS; Progress to test faster ISS rendezvous
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The Soyuz spacecraft with NASA astronaut Suni Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide aboard docked with the ISS this morning:
/-- Space Station Report | Mission Status Center - Spaceflight Now
/-- ISS returns to a six person crew following successful Soyuz TMA-05M docking - NASASpaceFlight.com
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The next Progress cargo supply ship is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz rocket to the ISS on August 1st. It will try a new rendezvous procedure that will allow it to dock with the ISS "during its fourth orbit instead of the usual 34th orbit". This requires lifting off at a very precise time but if it works out, then the travel time for Soyuz crew flights to catch up with the ISS could be reduced "from two days to about six hours": Progress resupply craft to test rapid rendezvous flight profile. - Hyperbola.

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