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
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
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
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
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.