February 4, 2003. Korolev, Moscow Region.
The Russian cargo vehicle Progress M-47 launched from the
Cosmodrome Baikonur on 2nd of February, 2003 docked today
to the International Space Station (ISS) after the 2 days
autonomous flight on the near-earth orbit.
The vehicle approached to the free longitudinal docking
port of the Service Module Zvezda of ISS. The berth touch
occurred at 17:49 in Moscow time. The approach of vehicle
with the ISS Orbital Complex, its fly-about and docking
were made in automatic mode. On the final phase of vehicle/Station
docking during vehicle's fly-about and berthing they were
within the zone of vision of the Russian Ground Measurement
The ISS 6th main Expedition crew (ISS-6) consisting of Kennet
Bauersocks (Commander, NASA), Nikolai Budarin (on-board
engineer, RSC Energia), Donald Pettit (on-board engineer,
NASA) operating on-board the Station monitored the approaching/docking
The vehicle delivered more than 2.5 tons of various cargoes
including 870 kg of propellant in the Refueling System tanks
for the Station.
The ISS-6 shall perform the vehicle unload and stow the
delivered cargoes on-board the Station, as well as download
the wasted materials and equipment to the vehicle.
The ISS Orbital Complex of about 189.4 tons operates consisting
of Functional Cargo Module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda,
docking compartment - Module Pirs, cargo vehicle Progress
M-47, manned vehicle Soyuz TMA-1, U.S. modules Unity and
Destiny and Quest Airlock.
The ISS flies on the near-earth orbit with the following
parameters, maximum altitude 408.0 km, minimum altitude
384.5 km, period of revolution of 92.2 min.
The vehicle on-board systems and Station Modules operate
in a design mode.
The ISS flight control is performed by Main Operational
Management Group from the Mission Control Center (MCC-M),
Korolev, Moscow Region along with the U.S. Mission Control
Center (MCC-H), Houston. The Flight Director in MCC-M is
V.A. Soloviev, space pilot, RSC Energia.
During the cargo vehicle docking to the ISS the MCC-M was
attended by V.A. Grin, Co-Chairman of State Committee (Deputy
Director of TsNII Mash); Yu. P. Semenov, Technical Manager
of Russian Manned Space Programs (General Designer of S.P.
Korolev RSC Energia); N.A. Anfimov, Academician of the Russian
Academy of Sciences (Director of TsNII Mash); representatives
of Rosaviacosmos and NASA and related enterprises and entities
involved in the Progress M-47 manufacturing, preparation
and launch and the ISS Russian Segment control.
After the docking completion Yu.P. Semenov, General Designer
of RSC Energia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
answered the questions of journalists from the leading Russian
and foreign news agencies and TV companies attended the