The height of the orbit of flight MKS has increased to 400 meters

© Photo : page GK «Rosatom» Twitter/Alexander Measuringstick manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-07 crew and the International space station. Archive photoThe height of the orbit of flight MKS has increased to 400 meters© Photo : page GK «Rosatom» Twitter/Alexander Misurkin

The average height of the orbit flight to the International space station (ISS) has been increased by 400 metres to create favorable conditions ballistic launch and docking with the ISS cargo spacecraft «Progress MS-08», informed RIA Novosti the representative of the mission control Center (MCC).

«The orbit of the ISS flight. To complete the maneuver were involved in engines module «Zvezda», — he said.

It is estimated that the engines worked for 16 seconds, causing the average altitude of the ISS increased by approximately 400 meters and is made up of 404.3 miles.

Space truck «Progress MS-08,» plan for the first time in history to launch to the station on ultrashort double scheme on 11 February 2018. It is expected that he will be able to get to the station a little more than three hours. After the development of this technology is expected to be used for manned spacecraft «Soyuz».

Initially under the new scheme it was planned to send «Progress MS-07» October 12, 2017, but then the automatics cancel the launch. The launch was postponed to the backup date — 14 Oct, when ballistic conditions did not allow to send the truck under the new scheme. «Progress MS-07» got to the station according to the standard scheme for two days.

Now the fastest way to get to the ISS is flying at chetyrehvalkovoj scheme, which takes about six hours.