June 24, 2006. Baikonur cosmodrome.
Progress M-57 transport cargo vehicle was launched to
the International Space Station from Baikonur launch site
at 19:08 Moscow summer time.
It carries about 2.6 tones of various cargo, including scientific hardware and
equipment to perform onboard activities under Russian and foreign partnersí programs.
Progress M-57 was manufactured at S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
The launch is aimed at delivering cargo to the International Space Station (ISS),
which is needed to continue the station manned operation, support crew living
and working conditions, and re-supply the engine tanks with propellant.
The vehicle was injected into a reference near-earth orbit. All vehicle onboard
systems operate as designed.
During the launch the Baikonur launch site was attended by representatives of
the Federal Space Agency, NASA, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, allied space industry
companies and organizations participating in the manufacturing, processing and
launch of the vehicle.
The cargo vehicle shall birth to the docking port of the Russian Service Module
Based on the telemetry information and reports made by the ISS Expedition 13
crew: Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov (ISS 13 crew commander, RSC Energia
test cosmonaut) and U.S. astronaut Jeffry Williams (ISS 13 flight engineer, NASA),
all station onboard systems operate as designed.
The Orbital Complex is ready for docking with the cargo vehicle, which is planned
on June 26, 2006 at 20:30.
For reference:Progress M-57 flight is the 22nd flight
in the frame of the ISS program and the 111th flight beginning from the operation
of Progress vehicles (1978), which are developed and manufactured by RSC Energia
in cooperation with space industry companies.
Press-center of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia