October 23, 2006. Baikonur cosmodrome.
Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle was launched to the International Space Station from the launch pad #1 of Baikonur launch site at 17:41:35 Moscow summer time. It was manufactured by S.P.Korolev RSC Energia in cooperation with space industry companies.
The launch is aimed at delivering cargo to the ISS, which is required to continue the station manned operation, support crew living and working conditions, and re-supply the engine tanks with propellant.
The vehicle carries about 2.4 tones of various cargo, including scientific hardware and equipment to perform onboard activities under the Russian and foreign partners’ programs.
The vehicle was injected into a reference near-earth orbit with the following parameters: inclination of 51.65°, minimum altitude of 195,0 km, maximum altitude of 256,0 km, revolution of 88.7min. All vehicle onboard systems operate nominally.
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. Prelaunch processing and the launch of cargo vehicle were performed under control of N.N. Sevastiyanov, RSC Energia President, General Designer for Manned Space Complexes and Technical Manager of Flight Tests.
Based on the telemetry information and reports made by the ISS Expedition 14 crew: ISS –14 commander Michael Lopez-Alegria (NASA), ISS-14 flight engineer Mikhail Turin (S.P.Korolev RSC Energia) and flight specialist Thomas Reiter (ESA), all station onboard systems operate as designed.
The Orbital Complex is ready for docking with the cargo vehicle, which is slated on October 26, 2006.
For reference: Progress M-58 flight is the 24th flight in the frame of the ISS program and the 114th flight beginning from the operation of Progress vehicles (1978).