Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-16M" in the morning on Thursday successfully docked with the International Space Station, the agency
Docking occurred at 5:18 am Moscow time automatically. "Progress" was first docked with the station on the so-called "quick scheme" — with the launch of the carrier rocket "Soyuz-U" took less than six hours. Typically, the operation takes two or three days, resembled a Moscow Mission Control Center.
Returning to the "quick scheme", which was previously tested in the operation of the orbital station "Mir", is scheduled for manned "Soyuz", said the official. Thus astronauts get rid of the need to be two days in a rather uncomfortable space is limited.
"Progress" has brought to the ISS more than 2,600 pounds of cargo, including fuel components, oxygen, equipment for scientific experiments, the means of medical support, food, water and parcels for the ISS crew. The station is now working Russians Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and Yuri Malenchenko, Americans Joseph Acaba and Sunita Williams and Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, reminds agency.