about the launch of transport cargo vehicle Progress M-57
to the International Space Station


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 Pirs.
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.

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