First time in three hours: Soyuz MS-17 docked to the International Space Station

At 08:48:47 UTC, the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft docked routinely to Rassvet module of the International Space Station Russian segment. For the first time in history, a crewed spacecraft docked to the station after as little as two orbits around the Earth.

Soyuz MS-17 docked to the International Space Station. Image credit: Roscosmos

Moreover, a new record was set in spaceflights to the ISS – the Soyuz MS-17 total flight time from liftoff to docking amounted three hours and three minutes. The previous record was set by the Progress MS-17 cargo spacecraft arriving at the station in three hours and eighteen minutes after the launch.

The approach was performed automatically under control of the Chief Operating Control Group of the ISS Russian segment (part of Roscosmos). Currently, the crews are preparing to open the hatches leak testing the spacecraft compartments and equalizing pressure between the ISS and Soyuz, as well as taking off Sokol KV-2 spacesuits. After leak test of the airlock, the transfer hatches are to be opened at about 10:45 UTC.

Following that, the Soyuz MS-17 crew of Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins will move to the ISS joining the current station crew of Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner and Christopher Cassidy.

Source: Roscosmos