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about the launch of Progress M-54 logistics vehicle to ISS
 

September 8, 2005. Baikonur launch site.

An Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) Soyuz-U/Progress M-54 was launched from Baikonur launch site at 17:07:54 Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch was to deliver to the International Space Station (ISS), by means of Progress M-54 logistics spacecraft, cargoes that are needed for continuing space station operation in manned mode, crew life support, and replenishing propellant tanks of the propulsion system.
The spacecraft has been put into a low Earth orbit with the maximum altitude of 262.9 km, the minimal altitude of 192.8 km, orbital period of 88.76 min and inclination of 51.65.
All the on-board systems of the spacecraft operate normally.
It carries on-board about 2.4 tons of various cargoes, including propellant, oxygen, potable water, food, equipment for the space station on-board systems, personal hygiene items, equipment for preventing adverse effects of zero-gravity on crew health, fire protection aids, on-board documentation sets, video and photographic materials, parcels for the crew, hardware for the US orbital segment.
The estimated time for the spacecraft docking with ISS is September 10, 2005 at 18:49. The plan is to dock with the axial docking port on the Russian Service module Zvezda. This docking port was made available on September 7, 2005, after undocking of Progress M-53 spacecraft which had been docked with the space station since June 19, 2005, and which was de-orbited and brought down in the Pacific Ocean.
The decision to launch Soyuz-U/Progress M-54 ILV was made by the State Commission (co-chared by Deputy Head of Roskosmos N.F.Moiseev and Deputy Director General of the Central Research Institute for Machine Building (TsNIIMash) V.A.Grin) based on the conclusions about the readiness of the system and components of the ground infrastructure participating in the implementation of the ISS program that was reached by the Technical Management working at the launch site under the chairmanship of RSC Energia President and General Designer N.N.Sevastianov.
The technical manager of the logistics spacecraft pre-launch processing and launch was the first vice-president , first deputy general designer of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia N.I.Zelenshchikov.
Also present at the Baikonur launch site during final pre-launch operations, launch and orbital insertion of the spacecraft were representatives of the Roskosmos, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, subcontractors and organizations in the industry involved in the manufacturing, processing, and launch of the spacecraft.
The mission of the spacecraft and the Russian segment of the international space station is controlled by the Lead Operations Control Team based in the Mission Control Center near Moscow (the Flight Director is an S.P.Korlev RSC Energia vice-president and deputy general designer, pilot-cosmonaut V.A.Soloviev).
The Space Station operates in an orbit with the following parameters: maximum altitude of 369.7 km; minimal altitude is 350.1 km; orbital period of 91.5 min and inclination of 51.66.
Telemetry data and reports from the crew of ISS Expedition 11 - Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev (ISS-11 commander) and US astronaut John Phillips (ISS-11 flight engineer) confirm that all the space station systems operate within their design limits.
The International Space Station is ready for docking with the logistics vehicle.
Progress M-54 is the 19th mission within the framework of Russian commitments under the ISS program, and the 108th mission since the beginning of operation of Progress spacecraft (1978), which were designed and are manufactured by RSC Energia in cooperation with its subcontractors.

 

 

 

 

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