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about Soyuz TMA-5 transport spacecraft docking to
the International Space Station
 

October 16, 2004. Korolev, Moscow Region.

The Russian Soyuz TMA-5 manned transport spacecraft docked to the Orbital Complex of the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit and upon completion of all the required rendezvous operations until the station-keeping in an automated mode relative to the Space Station, Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft approached the ISS Orbital Complex. At the final rendezvous and birthing stage at a distance of about 50 m from the Complex the crew instructed by the Flight Director switched to the manual control mode, and performed all subsequent operations (spacecraft escape from the Complex, station-keeping relative to the Complex, rendezvous, birthing and docking to the Complex) in interaction with the Mission Control Center (MCC-M) in Moscow area in compliance with the onboard procedures.
At 8:16 Moscow summer time the spacecraft docking assembly came into contact with the docking port of the docking compartment/module Pirs of the ISS, when the spacecraft and Complex were within the Russian ground site coverage.
The spacecraft rendezvous and berthing operations were observed by the Expedition Nine Crew (ISS-9) staying onboard the station and Russian and U.S. Mission Control Centers personnel, by using the trajectory measurements, telemetry and television information including information coming from the onboard TV cameras accommodated on the ISS Russian and U.S. On-orbit Segments.
The transfer hatches between the spacecraft and Pirs module were open at 11:22 upon completion of the mechanical capture, retraction and joint pressure integrity check operations. The joint International crew consisting of Russian cosmonauts G. Padalka (ISS-9 commander), S. Sharipov (ISS-10 flight engineer), Yu. Shargin (VC-7 flight engineer), U.S. astronauts Michael Fincke (ISS-9 flight engineer), Leroy Chiao (ISS-10 commander) stay onboard the Orbital Complex. They will have to perform an 8-day joint activity onboard the ISS.
The ISS-9 crew is scheduled to return to the ground with Soyuz TMA-4 on 24 October 2004 and land at 4:31 Moscow time.
At present the ISS Orbital Complex of about 189.5 tons is operating in orbit in the following configuration: Functional Cargo Block Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, Docking Module/Compartment Pirs, manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-5, cargo vehicle Progress M-50 (Russian Segment), as well as modules Unity, Destiny, airlock Quest and multi-link truss structure with the deployed solar arrays (U.S. On-Orbit Segment).
The ISS Russian Segment flight is commanded by the Moscow Mission Control Center (Korolev, Moscow area) in close cooperation with the US. Mission Control Center (Houston, the USA). The Flight Director is Pilot-Cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.
The ISS Complex is flying in a near-earth orbit with the following parameters: maximum altitude of 374.5 km, minimum altitude of 358.8 km, orbital period of 91.7 min.
The onboard systems of the transport spacecraft and station modules operate normally. The ISS joint crew is performing on-orbit flight program activities.
During the Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft final rendezvous and docking operations with the ISS MCC-M was attended by co-chairmen of the State Board: N.F. Moiseev, Deputy Director of Roskosmos, and V.A. Grin, Deputy General Director of TsNII of Machine-Building, Yu. P. Semenov, Technical Manager of the Russian Manned Space Programs, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Frederick D. Gregory, NASA Deputy Administrator, N.A. Anfimov, General Director of TsNII of Machine-Building, Academician of RAS, as well as representatives of Roskosmos, NASA, Russian enterprises and organizations participating in the implementation of the ISS program.
After the docking N.F. Moiseev, Deputy Director of Roskosmos, Yu.P. Semenov, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Frederick D. Gregory, NASA Deputy Administrator, V.V.Tsibliev, Director of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC RGNII, V.A. Soloviev, Flight Director, Pilot-Cosmonaut, A.B. Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs Department of Roskosmos answered the questions put by the representatives of the Russian and foreign mass media.

Key data on the experiment program to be performed during the flight of the Expedition Ten Crew ISS-10 and visiting crew VC-7 is presented in Internet at RSC Energia site at addresses:
www.energia.ru/eng/iss/iss10/res.html,
www.energia.ru/eng/iss/soyuz-tma-5/iss-seventh_russian.html.

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