Russian cargo ship arrives at International Space Station

The robotic Progress 70 freighter, which loaded with almost 3 tons of food, fuel and other reserves landed with the station at 9:31 p.m. EDT succeeding a finish a mere two orbits of Earth.

If all goes well, the robotic Progress 70 spacecraft will dock itself at a Russian port on the station at 9:39 p.m. EDT (0139 July 10 GMT).

NASA said that the fast trip to the station was meant to test an expedited capability that could be used on future Russian cargo and crew launch missions. (1,565 kg) of other "dry" cargo like food and other equipment, NASA public affairs officer Dan Huot told Space.com in an email. It would be just another routine launch except for the fact that it was placed on a trajectory that got it to ISS in just two orbits - roughly 3.5 hours instead of 6 hours or 2 days.

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It marked the first time such a fast-track approach was used. Progress 70 will stay linked to the space station until January 2019, when it will be discarded, NASA officials said.

It marked the shortest the travel time for ferrying supplies for the crew, beating the previous Progress journeys of about six hours.

Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said the faster trip was possible because of a new version of the Soyuz booster rocket.

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"A ideal launch", Navias said of Progress 70's liftoff.

The Pirs module is the preferred docking port for the Soyuz and Progress vehicles. However, NASA has contracted private spaceflight companies to launch the agency's cargo shipments. In February, a Progress MS-07 launch was cancelled at the last minute after another attempt in October 2016.

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