On the web, they are discussing not only the time-set record of the Russian “Progress” but also an entertaining docking, which made the observers pretty nervous. “Russian style”, “This is crazy!” – users comment on Twitter.
The Progress MS-15 transport cargo vehicle set a record by reaching the ISS in 3 hours 18 minutes 31 seconds. In terms of speed, it was almost two minutes ahead of its predecessor.
Previously, Progress MS-14 was considered the record holder, which reached the station in 3 hours 20 minutes 15 seconds.
The launch of the cargo rocket for the ISS was given at Baikonur on Thursday, 23 July. The process was monitored from Earth by specialists from the Mission Control Center, and from space by Russian members of the ISS crew Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner.
It is noted that at the time of docking, some overlaps occurred: the cosmonauts suggested that the MCC specialists switch to teleoperator control mode due to the fact that the target moved slightly to the right. However, it was not required to switch to TORU, everything was successfully docked.
Foreigners on the Web appreciated the Progress record and set its speed as an example for Americans. However, the space ballet during the docking of the spacecraft made the observers of the broadcast pretty nervous. “This is a very large orbital ballet. The automatic docking seems to have fixed the error with the Progress MS-15 just in time,” Twitter user NASASpaceflight notes.
“With today’s Progress MS-15 docking … go crazy, they almost had to use the TORU system to manually control it because it almost collided with the ISS … what madness,” Alejandro_DebH remarks discouraged.
“Russian style. Excellent,” adds ArkadiuszKula.
“It’s amazing how quickly this all happened,” enthuses phoenixsundevil.
“How did he get to the station so quickly?” – Tickerson wonders, comparing with American shuttles.
Note that Progress delivered about 2.6 tons of cargo to the station, including water tanks, oxygen cylinders, fuel for the refueling system, equipment for space experiments, sanitary and hygienic supplies, garments, medicines, standard food rations …