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Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time

AFP  |  Moscow 

A Russian cargo vessel took just three hours and 40 minutes to reach the today, space agency said, smashing the record flight time by two hours.

The "Progress" launched at 2151 GMT on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in and arrived at the space station in the early hours of Tuesday, the agency said.

"The length of the flight, between departure to its docking at the station, was three hours 40 minutes," the agency said in a statement, adding that it was a "first in the history of cargo ships".

The previous record was five hours 39 minutes, according to the Russian agency

The shorter flight time of the MS-09, carried on a Soyuz 2.1 rocket, was made possible by a new navigation system.

In February, a MS-07 launch was cancelled at the last minute after another attempt in October 2016.

Today's flight brought ISS residents more than two tonnes of material -- mainly fuel but also oxygen, water and material for scientific experiments.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 13:20 IST