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about Progress M-45 Cargo Vehicle Launch to the ISS
 

August 21, 2001. Baikonur Cosmodrome

At 13:23:54 Moscow Time the Progress M-45 transport cargo vehicle was launched to a near-earth orbit in accordance with the International Space Station (ISS) flight program.
The vehicle carries more than 890 kg of propellant, including propellant for refueling the combined propulsion system of the Russian Service module Zvezda, which provides the ISS attitude control, as well as 210 kg of water and 1420 kg of dry cargoes, part of which forms Japanese and French hardware and equipment to perform space experiments, kits of flight data files, video and photo equipment. The Expedition Three (ISS-3) crew working aboard the ISS will receive thermal control, medical control, sanitary-hygienic and water support systems equipment, food ratios including a set of fresh food stuff.
The vehicle has been injected into orbit with a maximum and minimum altitude of 246.7 km and 193.9 km, respectively, revolution of 88.6 and inclination of 51.65?. The vehicle onboard systems operate normally in a design mode.
The docking to the ISS is slated on August 23, 2001 at 13:59.
The Progress M-45 transport cargo vehicle will dock to the axial docking port of the module Zvezda, that will be cleared by Progress M1-6 vehicle on August 22, 2001.
The Progress M-45 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 vehicle and Station flight is controlled by the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) located at the Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Moscow area, Korolev. The flight director is pilot-cosmonaut Vladimir Soloviev.
According to the telemetry information and ISS-3 crew reports of F. Culbertson (ISS-3 Commander), V. Dezhurov (ISS-3 Pilot and Soyuz TM Commander) and M. Tyurin (ISS-3 Flight engineer), all ISS systems operate normally, and the station is prepared to receive the vehicle.
The ISS of about 132.4 t currently operates in orbit consisting of Russian Soyuz TM-32 transport vehicle, Service Module Zvezda, Functional Cargo Block Zarya, U.S. modules Unity and Destiny. The Station onboard systems operate in a design mode.

 

 

 

 

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