The Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Progress MS-11 freighter launched to the ISS from Baikonur at 14:01:35 (Moscow Time).
The cargo ship was launched under an ultrashort scheme: it will make only two orbits around the Earth and already at 17:25 (Moscow time) – 3 hours 24 minutes after launch – will dock with the International Space Station.
Earlier, Russian ships traveled to the ISS using standard two-day (34 turns) or short 6-hour (four turns) circuits.
In July 2018, Progress MS-09 first flew to the ISS using a new scheme – in three hours and 39 minutes.
Progress MS-11 will deliver products, water, fuel and compressed gases to the crew of the ISS, as well as a dynamic lighting system that will simulate the daylight from dusk to dawn (its duration was taken from mid-May for central Russia).
The system will be installed on the Rassvet module of the Russian segment of the ISS.
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