January 26, 2012.
Automatic Cargo Vehicle Progress M-14M is flying to the ISS
At 03:06:40 Moscow Time an automatic transport cargo vehicle Progress M-14M 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 the Russian commitments under this project.
The main objective of the mission is to deliver more than 2.6 tons of various cargoes to the Station, that are required to continue the ISS mission in a manned mode, and provide living and working conditions for the crew.
The vehicle was inserted into a parking low-Earth orbit with the following parameters: 51.64 deg. inclination, 190.97 km minimal altitude, 261.92 km maximum altitude, 88.73 min orbital period.
The onboard systems of the vehicle operate normally.
At the launch site, the vehicle 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 implement the vehicle processing and launching phases on the statements of the Technical Management headed by RSC Energia President and Designer General, V.A. Lopota.
According to the telemetry data and ISS crew reports, the space station onboard systems operate normally. The station is ready for docking with the vehicle.
The vehicle docking with the station is scheduled for January 28, at 04:09 Moscow Time. The vehicle will dock to Pirs docking port.
- In its compartments, the vehicle 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 cosmonauts Anton Skaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin, and Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronauts Daniel Burbank and Donald Pettit, and European astronaut Andre Kuipers.