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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
about the docking of Progress M-48
to the International Space Station
 

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 coverage.
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 at MCC-M.

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