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May 12, 2009. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Mission Control Center,
Korolev, Moscow region

Russian logistics spacecraft Progress M-02M, after five days in free flight, docked with the International Space Station (ISS).

Approach to the space station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and docking were performed in automatic mode. The initial contact with the docking port on the Pirs module of the ISS Russian Segment (RS) occurred at 23:24 Moscow Time.

The crew of Expedition 19 to ISS working on-board the space station monitored the process of rendezvous and docking. All dynamic operations were performed by mission control specialists under the supervision of the Technical Management (The Technical Manager is the President and Designer General of the S.P. Korolev RSC Energia V.A. Lopota).

Present at the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M) during the final operations of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with ISS were: representatives of the State Commission (the Chairman is the head of Roscosmos A,N. Perminov), of Roscosmos, NASA, ESA, subcontractor companies and organizations in the industry, managers and specialists of the Corporation.

According to telemetry data and reports from the ISS crew, the on-board systems of the space station and spacecraft operate normally.

 For reference:
  1. The spacecraft delivered to the station more than 2.5 tons of cargo. They include: supplies of propellants, oxygen, air, and food (including natural form foods), a spacesuit Orlan-MK for work in open space; scientific instrumentation and equipment for the ISS RS systems; on-board documentation, parcels for the crew, video and photographic equipment. Intended for the US orbital segment are 466 kg of cargo, which include food, medical support equipment, equipment for space walking, and for controlling on-board hardware.
  2. The mission control and the monitoring of the spacecraft systems status during rendezvous and docking were provided by the Lead Operations Control Team (LOCT), consisting of specialists from S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, MCC-M, and other organizations in the industry.
  3. The ISS Russian Segment consists of: Functional and cargo module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment/module Pirs, manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14. The US segment consists of: modules Unity, Destiny, Harmony, Columbus, Kibo, Quest airlock, trusses outfitted with solar array panels and other additional equipment.
  4. The ISS crew consists of: Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, US astronaut Michael Barratt and astronaut of the Japanese Space Agency Koichi Wakata.
  5. ISS flies in low Earth orbit with minimum altitude of 345.0 km, and maximum altitude of 369.0 km. Its orbital period is 91.5 min.

 

 

 

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