May 21, 2001 Baikonur Cosmodrome
At 02:32:40 Moscow Time the Progress M 1-6 transport cargo
vehicle was launched into a near-earth orbit under the International
Space Station (ISS) flight program.
The vehicle carries more than 900 kg of propellant for refueling
the combined propulsion system of the Russian Service Module
Zvezda, which provides the ISS attitude control. The Expedition
Two crew will receive food ratios, equipment for the atmospheric
revitalization system, thermal control system, radiation
and medical control, sanitary-hygienic and water supply
system. In addition, the vehicle will bring up flight-data
files, internal lighting equipment and many other items.
The vehicle has been injected into orbit with a maximum
altitude of 234.5 km, minimum altitude of 191 km, revolution
of 88.49 min, and inclination of 51.67°. The vehicle onboard
systems operate normally in a design mode.
The docking to the ISS is slated on May 23, 2001 at 04:23.
The Progress M 1-6 transport cargo vehicle will be docked
to the axial port of the module Zvezda on the side of the
The Progress M 1-6 cargo vehicle prelaunch processing and
launch at Baikonur cosmodrome were accomplished under the
direction of Yu.P. Semenov, Technical Manager of Russian
Manned Programs, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia,
Academician of RAS.
The flight control of the Progress M 1-6 cargo vehicle is
implemented by Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) at the
Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Moscow area, Korolev. The
flight director is pilot-cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.
According to the telemetry information and Expedition Two
(ISS-2) crew reports of Yu. Usachev (commander), D. Voss
(flight engineer 1) and S. Helms (flight engineer 2), all
ISS systems operate normally, and the station is prepared
to receive the vehicle.
The ISS currently operates in orbit consisting of: Souyz
TM-32 spacecraft, Service Module Zvezda, Functional Cargo
Block Zarya, Module Unity, Module Destiny. The total mass
of the Station is 113.7 t.