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
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