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
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
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
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 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
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
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.