Monday, April 8, 2013

Soyuz makes RECORD BREAKING trip to International Space Station

Notice that I capitalized "RECORD BREAKING"? Of course there is a reason I wrote the headline for this post in such a way. Obviously it is being done to grab your attention. With a mind to getting your thoughts on these questions.....
-How significant is the ability of Russia to get to the space station in an extremely speedy fashion in relation to intercontinental  or any missile development?
-Related to  the weaponizing of space?
-The colonization of space?
-Traveling, further, farther and faster
-Or, is there no connection at all to any of the aforementioned ?
  Looking for some input on this subject and the news stories below. Thanks!

Three astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station today, on a journey that will take less time than a flight from Halifax to Vancouver.
Instead of the usual two-day journey to the space station, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov and American astronaut Chris Cassidy are expected to get to their destination less than six hours after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:43 p.m. ET Thursday, NASA reports.

The trio will be the first humans to take this new, faster trajectory to the space station. The rendezvous techniques needed to make it work have been successfully tested with three unmanned Russian Progress cargo spacecraft.


The flight was successful:

It was same day, freaky-fast delivery for the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft bringing the crew of Expedition 35/36 to the International Space Station. The expedited flight had the crew arriving even quicker than expected, in just 5 hours and 45 minutes after launch.

Liftoff of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft took place at 4:43 p.m. EDT (20:43 UTC) on March 28 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and Russian commander Pavel Vinogradov, cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy docked with the ISS’s Poisk module at 10:28 p.m. EDT on Thursday (March 28; 0228 GMT Friday).
  Soyuz crew arrive at space station after six-hour express flight NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin pictured with their Expedition 35 crewmates on the ISS today. 

Soyuz crew arrive at space station after under six-hour express flight

The Soyuz spacecraft has successfully docked with the international Space Station after its six-hour spaceflight – the fastest ever manned flight to the orbiting laboratory. The three-man crew will now spend the next five months aboard the space station.

The Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8.43pm (GMT) yesterday and docked with the ISS after a journey that lasted under six hours.

Yes, the Russians were able to make this feat happen. Not the US.
Yes or No?
FYI: don't miss the earlier post: Fukushima still leaking .....


  1. My bookmarked news stories was becoming unruly
    So much interesting stuff ongoing
    Hate to give them short shrift
    So, there they are!

  2. I suppose it is a trajectory enabled by modernization of path calculation and better spatial positioning. Meaning the trajectory has been known for a long time but was technically difficult to implement without the help of computers and other devices. An analogy would be to compare it with a Sedgway (yeh I know a device for retarded hipsters) which could only be built with high-speed embedded computers, who correct dynamically the traction on the wheels to compensate for losses of equilibrum.
    Of course, this is pure speculation, because you're the first place I've heard about it.

    1. GALLIER!!!!!
      How are you?
      Wondered if you were still around? And glad to see ya :)
      Yes, this new was surprising undercovered..
      Yet it appeared there was more to it then met the eye

      "I suppose it is a trajectory enabled by modernization of path calculation and better spatial positioning. Meaning the trajectory has been known for a long time but was technically difficult to implement without the help of computers and other devices."

      I believe I understand what you are saying.

  3. Meanwhile, the West hones its dominant skills of myth-making.

    We shall have to wait to see which power prevails.

  4. Unfortunately back to Syria:

    Now they are targeting schoolgirls-
    Car Bomb Damascus 8 April 2013 : 7 fountain square in front of girls school

    And a load of baloney from Daniel Pipes who says that 'we' ie the west/NATO should go in to Syria and support Assad 'even although he is despicable' because the nasty Islamist rebels are doing so well and its in 'our' interests to keep the 2 sides fighting and not let AlQaeda win -
    Daniel Pipes Says Back Assad to Keep Syrians Killing Each Other

    Unbelievable hypocrisy.

  5. Sorry Penny, but like most 'news' the ISS is not really credible.

  6. Even with the still patchy in places recovery from Soviet times, the Russian's are still the great heavy engineers & fundamental scientists of the world.

    If you look at who is receiving many of the major fundamental science awards, many of them are awarded to Russians (or other Soviets) who left the Soviet Union after the collapse, & this is inspite of the heavy networking involved in receiving these major western awards that would favour western born insiders.

    Same thing when you look at the people underlying many of the major technical achievements in the West over the last 20 years - a lot of Russians doing much of the heavy lifting.

    It is no longer the 90's & now a new generation is coming up as well as some the older generation coming back. Science along R&D is now being heavily funded, & while still patchy, a lot of serious work is being done in setting the foundations for a major renaissance in these classical Russian strengths.

  7. The Russians are expanding their space program and also cleaning up a lot of the corruption left over from the Yeltsin years. See:

    Russia Must Close Deep Space Exploration Gap Says Putin

    They are also taking comet/meteorite interception seriously:

    Russia to create meteor defense shield

    The tech used in getting a rocket quickly up to a rendezvous with the space station would probably be a useful starting point for future more advanced interceptions of comets and meteorites.

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    1. "They are also taking comet/meteorite interception seriously"

      Which could also be missile interception in space based warfare?