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about the Progress M1-7 Cargo Vehicle docking with the International Space Station
 

November 28, 2001. Korolev, Moscow area

The Russian Progress M1-7 transport cargo vehicle has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) following the two-day autonomous flight to it, the rendezvous maneuvers, its fly-around, stationkeeping and berthing.
The contact of the Progress M1-7 cargo vehicle with the axial docking port of the Russian Zvezda Service Module occurred at 22 hours 43 minutes 2 seconds Moscow time when the ISS was flying within a radar coverage zone of the Russian ground measuring stations.
The cargo vehicle has delivered to the ISS some 2,4 tones of the cargoes, including the propellant for refueling the station Russian Segment.
Among the delivered cargoes were food packages, fresh fruit, potable water, as well as the equipment intended for the orbital station systems, scientific equipment, flight documentation, the parcels for crew members.
The crew of the Expedition Three (ISS-3) involving U.S. astronaut Frank Culbertson, Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin will have to unload the delivered cargoes and accommodate them onboard the station; dismantle the rendezvous system apparatus installed in the vehicle with the aim to provide its subsequent return to Earth for reuse, as well as load in the cargo vehicle the spent materials and equipment.
The rendezvous, fly-around, stationkeeping, berthing and docking of the cargo vehicle were carried out in an automatic mode under control of the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) located at the Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Moscow area, and the ISS-3 crew.
The Progress type transport cargo vehicle have been successfully operating as part of the manned orbital stations transport and logistics support since January 1973, when the above cargo vehicle delivered for the first time propellant, scientific equipment and consumables to the Salyut station for its onboard systems.
The Progress M1 type vehicles offer greater capabilities compared with the earlier modifications, including delivery of payloads and fuel. One of them, the Progress M1-5 cargo vehicle, provided deorbiting and completion of the Mir station orbital flight.
During the Progress M1-7/ISS docking Yu.P. Semenov, Technical Manager of the Russian Manned Programs, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, the Academician of the RAS; the Rosaviacosmos representatives; the space agency representatives of the member-countries under the ISS (NASA, ESA) Project; the specialists from RSC Energia, allied industrial organizations were present at the MCC-M.
The ISS complex of about 138.3 tons by mass is currently flying with the following components included: Functional Cargo Block Zarya; Service Module Zvezda; docking compartment Pirs; Soyuz TM-33 manned transport vehicle; Progress M1-7 cargo vehicle; as well as the Unity, Destiny modules and the Quest airlock.
The ISS onboard systems are operating in design modes.
The ISS flight is commanded from the MCC-M (Korolev, Moscow area) in association with the American Mission Control Center MCC-H (Houston, the USA). The flight director is pilot-cosmonaut Vladimir Soloviev.
The ISS Complex is flying on a near-earth orbit with the following parameters: maximum altitude of 402.1 km; minimum altitude of 373.3 km; an orbital period of 92.0 min.

 

 

 

 

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