October 30, 2011.
Progress M-13M logistics spacecraft is in orbit
At 02:11:12 PM Moscow Time a logistics spacecraft Progress M-13M was launched from the Baikonur launch site.
The purpose of the launch is to support further in-orbit operation of the International Space Station (ISS) in accordance with Russian commitments under that project.
The main objective of the mission is to deliver to the Space Station about 2.6 tons of various cargoes that are needed to continue the ISS mission in manned mode and provide living and working conditions for the crew.
The spacecraft was put into a parking low-Earth orbit with the following parameters: 51.65 deg. inclination, 192.98 km minimal altitude, 252.90 km maximum altitude, 88.66 minutes orbital period.
The onboard systems of the spacecraft operate normally.
At the launch site, the spacecraft prelaunch processing and launch operations were performed under the direction of the State Commission (chaired by the head of Roscosmos V.A. Popovkin). The Commission was basing its decisions to proceed with each next step in processing and launching on the opinions of the Technical Management headed by the RSC Energia President and Designer General V.A. Lopota.
According to the telemetry data and reports from the crew of ISS Expedition 29, the space station systems function normally. The station is ready for docking with the spacecraft.
The spacecraft docking with the space station is scheduled for November 2, at 15:41 Moscow Time.
- In its compartments, the spacecraft carries into orbit supplies of propellant, oxygen, food, equipment for scientific research and experiments, additional hardware for the Russian and US segments of the ISS, as well as packages for the ISS crew.
- Currently working in orbit under the ISS program are: Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA astronaut Michael Fossum (crew commander) and astronaut of the Japanese Space Agency Satoshi Furukawa.