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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
about the launch of the launch of Progress M1-9 logistics vehicle
to the International Space Station
 

September 25, 2002. Baikonur launch site.

In accordance with the International Space Station (ISS) mission plan, logistics vehicle Progress M1-9 has been put into a low Earth orbit.
The vehicle was launched at 20:58:24, Moscow daylight saving time.
The objective of the launch is logistics support of the Station and conducting tests of the rendezvous system Kurs installed on the Russian module Zvezda and on the logistics vehicle, while flying to the Station.
The total mass of cargo carried by the vehicle is about 2.6 tons, which includes propellant for refuelling the Russian Segment of the Station; oxygen; food rations and fresh food for the ISS crew; means of atmospheric control, repair and maintenance, sanitary, hygienic and medical support, water supply, power supply, personal protection; crew support equipment; payloads for conducting work under the program of the European Space Agency (ESA) envisaged in the mission plan of the ESA astronaut, citizen of Belgium, Franc De Vinne, who is a member of the fourth Russian "taxi" mission.
The vehicle is put into an orbit with the maximum altitude of 234.8 km, the minimal altitude of 192.4 km, the orbital period of 88.49 minutes and the inclination of 51.74.
The on-board systems of the vehicle operate within design limits. Its docking with the ISS is scheduled for September 29, 2002 at 21:04.
To prepare for the vehicle docking, an axial docking port on the Zvezda module was cleared by undocking from it Progress M-46 on September 24, 2002. That vehicle, having departed from the space station, made a burn that put it into an orbit with the maximum altitude of 401 km and the minimal altitude of 360 km, where it is carrying out an independent mission in the free-flyer mode.
Progress M1-9 was prepared for its mission under the direction of the Technical Manager of the Russian manned programs, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia Designer General, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yu.P.Semenov.
The pre-launch processing of the vehicle at the Baikonur launch site and the launch were directed by Co-chairmen of the State Commission, State Secretary, the First Deputy of Rosaviacosmos Director General N.F.Moiseev, the Deputy Director of the Central Research Institute for Machine Building V.A.Grin, and the Technical Manager of the Russian manned programs, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia Designer General, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yu.P.Semenov.
The flight of the vehicle and the ISS Russian Segment are controlled by the Lead Operations Control Team at the Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Korolev, Moscow region. The Flight Director is the cosmonaut V.A.Soloviev.
The ISS currently operates in orbit with the maximum altitude of 401 km and minimal altitude of 381 km, and consists of the following modules: Functional Cargo Module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, Docking Compartment Pirs, manned transport vehicle Soyuz TM-34, modules Unity, Destiny and Quest airlock.
The total mass of the in-orbit system is about 148.9 tons.
Based on telemetry data and reports of the fifth expedition crew (ISS-5) - Valeri Korzun (commander, Russia), Peggy Whitson (flight engineer, USA) and Sergei Treshchev (flight engineer, Russia) - all the on-bard systems of the in-orbit system operate within their design limits. The space station is ready for docking with Progress M1-9.

 

 

 

 

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