Progress Freighter Docks with International Space Station

A Soyuz rocket launches the Progress MS-11 spacecraft to the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — At 17:22 MSK, the transport cargo vehicle Progress MS-11 docked to the Pirs module of the International Space Station (ISS), becoming the fastest spacecraft in the history of space flights to the ISS.

Earlier today, at 14:01 MSK, Progress MS-11 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s launch pad №31. According to the telemetric information, the spacecraft detached from the third stage of the carrier rocket under routine conditions. The antennas and solar battery panels had opened normally.

The spacecraft was taken under control by the specialists of the Сhief Operational Crew for the management of the Russian segment of the ISS at the Mission Control Center.

The spacecraft approached the station using the two-orbit maneuver. The two-orbit approach maneuver developed by the Rocket and Space Corporation Energiya was first used to launch the transport cargo ship to the orbital station in July of last year, when Progress MS-09 transport cargo vehicle was launched to the ISS.