19.06.2005, Korolev, Moscow Region.
Russian unmanned logistics spacecraft Progress M-53 launched
from Baikonur on June 17, 2005, has docked with the International
Space Station (ISS) after two days of free flight in low
The spacecraft rendezvous with the ISS space
station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and approach to
the distance of about 120 meters were performed in automated
mode, and the final approach was performed in the teleoperator
control mode (TORU). The spacecraft made its approach to
a free axial docking port on the Service Module Zvezda
of the ISS. The initial contact occurred at 04:41:32 Moscow
The crew of the eleventh expedition to ISS (ISS-11) - Russian
cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev (Commander, Test-Cosmonaut of
RSC Energia) and US astronaut John Phillips (Flight Engineer,
NASA astronaut) - were monitoring the rendezvous and docking.
According to a decision made by the Flight Director - vice
president and deputy general designer of RSC Energia V.A.Soloviev
- the commander of the ISS-11 crew S.Krikalev has performed
the final approach in the teleoperator control mode.
Progress M-53 has delivered to the space station about
2.4 tons of various cargoes, including 262 kg of propellant
for refueling the space station propulsion system, 111
kg of oxygen, 279 kg of food, 420 kg of potable water,146
kg of hardware for the air and water regeneration system.
217 kg of cargoes are for the US segment of ISS.
ISS-11 crew is to unload the spacecraft and stow the delivered
cargoes onboard the space station, and load into it spent
materials and equipment. Since February 2003,Russian manned
and unmanned transportation spacecraft have been the only
means of delivering crews and cargoes to the ISS.
The ISS space station with a mass of about 184.0 metric
tons is in a low Earth orbit with the following parameters:
maximum altitude of 365.1 km, minimal altitude of 350.5
km; orbital period of 91.4 min.
The Russian segment of the space station currently consists
of the Functional Cargo Module (FGB) Zarya, Service Module
Zvezda, Docking Module Pirs, transportation spacecraft
Soyuz TMA-6 and Progress M-53. The US orbital segment consists
of Unity and Destiny modules, Quest airlock and a multi-element
truss structure carrying deployed solar arrays. The on-board
systems of the spacecraft and space station modules operate
The mission of the Russian segment is controlled by the
Lead Operations Control Team (LOCT) at the Mission Control
Center (MCC-M) in Korolev, Moscow region, in cooperation
with the US Mission Control Center (MCC-H), Houston.
Present at MCC-M during the docking of the logistics spacecraft
with ISS were: N.N. Sevostianov (President, Designer General
of S. P. Korolev RSC Energia), representatives of the Russian
Federal Space Agency, NASA and RSC Energia, subcontractors
and organizations in the industry involved in the manufacturing,
processing, and launch of Progress M-53 and controlling
of the Russian Segment of the space station.
Upon completion of the docking, President of RSC Energia
N.N.Sevostianov and the Flight Director V.A. Soloviev answered
questions from journalists of information agencies and
TV companies who were present at MCC-M, pointing out the
great professional skills shown by S.Krikalev while working
in the TORU mode.