May 12, 2007. Baikonur launch site,
branch office of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Space transportation logistics vehicle Progress M-60 was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur launch site at 07:25:38 Moscow Time.
The launch objective is to deliver to ISS more than 2.5 tons of various cargoes (supplies of oxygen, water and food, propellant, consumables, scientific equipment and hardware that are necessary to maintain the space station operation in manned mode and to provide conditions for the crew living and working on-board the station).
The spacecraft was put into a low-Earth orbit with 51.66° inclination, 192.9 km minimal altitude, 245.0 km maximum altitude, and 88.5 min orbital period.
The on-board systems of the spacecraft operate properly.
Present at the Baikonur launch site during the launch were representatives of Roskosmos, NASA, managers and specialists from S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, its subcontractors, and other organizations in the industry.
According to telemetry data and the crew of ISS Expedition 15, the on-board systems of the space station operate in normal modes. The space station is ready for the docking with the spacecraft, which is scheduled to be performed at 9:10 on May 15, 2007.
Working on-board ISS is a crew consisting of Fyodor Yurchikhin (RSC Energia cosmonaut tester, the crew commander), Oleg Kotov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center cosmonaut tester, a flight engineer) and Sunita Williams (NASA astronaut, a flight engineer).