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about the launch of the Progress M1-11 transport cargo vehicle
 

January 29, 2004. Baikonur Cosmodrome.

At 14 hours 58 minutes 8 seconds Moscow Time the Soyuz-U/Progress M1-11 Rocket-Space Complex was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome under the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Program and the Russian Side's commitments under the ISS Project.
The launch objective is to inject the Progress M1-11 transport cargo vehicle into a near-earth orbit in order to deliver onboard the ISS the propellant and cargoess required to keep the station operating and support crew work and its living conditions.
The vehicle has been successfully injected into orbit with a maximum altitude of 262.4 km, minimum altitude of 191.1 km, revolution of 88.73 min and inclination of 51.65.
The vehicle onboard systems operate normally in a design mode. Its docking to the ISS is slated for January 31, 2004 at 16 hours 17 minutes.
The Progress M1-11 vehicle prelaunch processing was conducted under the direction of Yu.P. Semenov, Technical Manager of the Russian Manned Flight Programs, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, the RAS academician.
The decision on taking the Soyuz-U/Progress M1-11 Rocket-Space Complex out to the launch site of Baikonur Cosmodrome and its launch was taken by the State Commission in accordance with the Technical Management's conclusion.
The vehicle and the ISS Russian Segment flight is controlled by the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) located at the Mission Control (MCC-M), Moscow Region, Korolev. The Flight Director is Pilot-Cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.
The Progress M1-11 carries about 2.4 tons of the cargoes, including propellant to satisfy the station needs, potable water, oxygen and food products, crew life support systems, equipment for resupply and maintenance of the station onboard systems (with the equipment for the USOS included). The vehicle will also deliver to the station scientific instruments and equipment to conduct the European Space Agency (ESA) Program-specific activities and work under the Dutch and Japanese Projects, as well as support the future mission program of ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers (Netherlands), which is to be implemented during the Russian Expedition 6 to the ISS slated to begin in April this year.
It is the 11th space vehicle of the range of transport cargo vehicles-tankers developed and manufactured by S.P. Korolev RSC Energia in cooperation with the Russian rocket-space industry enterprises and agencies. The first flight of this modified vehicle was accomplished under the Mir Station Program from February 1 through April 27, 2000.
In early 2003 the Russia - made Progress transport space vehicles have become the only means of delivery to the ISS of oxygen, water, food products, fuel and various equipment in support of both crew and the orbital complex operations.
The Orbital Complex having mass of some 174.9 tons is operating in the orbit characterized by the following parameters: maximum altitude of 391.4 km, minimum altitude of 365.7 km.
Its Russian Segment incorporates Functional Cargo Block Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment - module Pirs, as well as the Soyuz TMA-3 manned space vehicle. The American Segment consists of the modules Unity and Destiny, airlock Quest and multielement truss structure with the solar arrays deployed.
By the telemetry information and crew reports of the Main Expedition 8, including the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kalery (Flight Engineer) and the American astronaut Michael Foale (Commander), all the Orbital Complex onboard systems are operating in design modes; the crew is ready for docking with the Progress M1-11 space vehicle.
The progress of the launch and vehicle orbital injection events was observed by the specialists from the Russian-American independent Commission on the problems of ensuring the joint human flights under the ISS Program (the Anfimov - Stafford Commission) staying at MCC-M.

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