Expedition 35 Russian Fast Track to The ISS

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft

Like zero to sixty or zero to desktop,  Russian engineers began looking at new flight paths to reach the station about three years ago, Vinogradov said at a prelaunch press conference.   This is a record for team Russia which tested the expedited route,  required very precise steering maneuvers,  during three unmanned station cargo flights before allowing a crew to attempt it.  Previously,  trips to the ISS had taken over two full days as spaceships orbited the Earth 30 times before docking with the space station.   New technique now employed by the Russian space agency with the help of new technology,  The Soyuz TMA-08M capsule  this time only orbited Earth four times before docking.   The quick journey dubbed by NASA’s official television commentator as a “chase into space”  has been made possible by launching the Soyuz just after the ISS passes overhead in orbit.  The manned “express” flight comes after Russia successfully sent three unmanned Progress supply capsules in August, October and February to the station via the short six-hour route rather than two days.

Alright some Hot Rod Space News,  dock to the ISS as fast as you can!  The race is going to be on every ride to the ISS,  Manned or unmanned  now that the Russian Space Program has paved a drag-strip to the ISS.

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 35 crew members launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:43 p.m. EDT Thursday (2:43 a.m. Friday, Baikonur time) to begin an accelerated six-hour journey to the International Space Station.

Let’s check out that ride, light that candle!

Video uploaded by U Tube user ReelNASA


Good looking Bird

Good looking Bird

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 35 crew members docks with the International Space Station.

Video uploaded by U Tube user ReelNASA


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