August 31, 2003. Korolev, Moscow Area
The Russian cargo transport vehicle Progress M-48 launched
from Baikonur cosmodrome on August 29, 2003 following a
two-day free flight in near-earth orbit today docked to
the International Space Station (ISS).
The vehicle approached the free axial docking port of Service
Module Zvezda of the ISS. The docking port was contacted
at 07:40:45 Moscow summer time. The vehicle rendezvous with
the Space Station, its fly-around and docking were performed
in the automatic mode. In the final phase of the vehicle
rendezvous with the station during its fly-around and berthing
the vehicle and station were in the Russian ground site
The ISS Expedition Seven Crew (ISS-7) - namely Russian cosmonaut
Yury Malenchenko (Commander, instructor/test cosmonaut of
Yu.A. Gagarin CTC RGNII), and astronaut Edward Lu (Flight
engineer, NASA), working both aboard the station - monitored
performance of the rendezvous and docking processes.
The vehicle delivered more than 2.5 tons of various cargoes
including 353 kg of propellant for the Station in the refueling
system tanks, more than 320 kg of various cargoes for the
ISS US On-orbit Segment.
The ISS-7 crew will have to unload the vehicle and accommodate
the delivered cargoes on the Station, and load the wasted
materials and equipment to the vehicle.
The on-orbit complex ISS of about 187.4 tons consists of
Functional Cargo Module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking
module Pirs, cargo vehicles Progress M-48 and Progress M1-10,
manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-2, as well as U.S. modules Unity
and Destiny, and airlock Quest.
The ISS performs a near-orbit flight with the following
parameters: maximum altitude of 399.8 km, minimum altitude
of 378.3 km, period of revolution of 92.1 min.
The vehicles and Station modules onboard systems operate
in a design mode.
The ISS flight is under control of the Lead Operational
Control Team (LOCT) of the Mission Control Center in Moscow
(MCC-M), Korolev, Moscow area in interaction with the US
Mission Control Center in Houston (MCC-H). The Flight is
directed by pilot-cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev, RSC Energia.
During the cargo vehicle docking to the ISS the MCC-M was
attended by co-chairmen of the State Board: N.F. Moiseev
(State Secretary, First Deputy General Director of Rosaviakosmos),
V.A. Grin' (Deputy General Director of TsNIIMash), Yu.P.
Semenov, Technical Manager of Russian Piloted Space Programs
(General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia), representatives
and specialists from Rosaviakosmos, NASA, and allied space
organizations, which took part in the manufacture, prelaunch
processing and launch of ProgressM-48 and control of the
Russian Segment of the Station.
Upon completion of the docking mode V.A. Soloviev, Flight
Director answered the questions of journalists of the Russian
and foreign information agencies and TV companies present