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10/30/2004

Baikonur launch site.
An upper stage of Block DM type has completed, with high degree of precision, the insertion into the target geostationary orbit (GEO) of a Russian communications satellite Express-AM1 designed to provide a multiservice package (digital TV and radio broadcasting, telephony, video conferencing, data communications, broadband Internet access), as well as to further develop communications networks based on VSAT small station technology.
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10/24/2004

Korolev, Moscow Region.
Landing of the Soyuz TMA-4 descent vehicleFollowing a 188-day flight program the Expedition 9 crew of the International Space Station (ISS-9) consisting of the commander Gennady Padalka, Russian cosmonaut, and the flight engineer Michael Fincke, U.S. astronaut, returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-4 descent vehicle. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, who has been working on the ISS from October 16 through October 24 under the visiting crew (VC-7) program returned to the Earth together with the ISS-9 crew.
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10/16/2004

Korolev, Moscow Region.
DockingThe Russian Soyuz TMA-5 manned transport spacecraft docked to the Orbital Complex of the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit and upon completion of all the required rendezvous operations until the station-keeping in an automated mode relative to the Space Station, Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft approached the ISS Orbital Complex. At the final rendezvous and birthing stage at a distance of about 50 m from the Complex the crew instructed by the Flight Director switched to the manual control mode, and performed all subsequent operations (spacecraft escape from the Complex, station-keeping relative to the Complex, rendezvous, birthing and docking to the Complex) in interaction with the Mission Control Center (MCC-M) in Moscow area in compliance with the onboard procedures.
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video-recording of the Soyuz TMA-5 docking (RealVideo)

 
 
 
10/14/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz-FG Integrated Launch VehicleA Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-5 developed and manufactured at the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia was launched to the International Space Station (ISS), in low-Earth orbit since November 1998.
The launch of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle carrying the Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft took place at 7:06:28 Moscow Daylight Saving Time.
The purpose of the launch is the delivery to the ISS of the crew of Expedition Ten (ISS-10), the scheduled rotation of the Expedition Nine crew (ISS-9) and replacement of Soyuz TMA-4, which has been providing assured crew return functionality as a part of the space station since April 21, 2004.
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video-recording of Soyuz-FG LV lift-off (RealVideo)

 
 
 
10/13/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz TMA-5 and ISS-10 prime and backup crewsA meeting of the State Board was held at which the Soyuz TMA-5 and ISS-10 prime and backup crews were approved, as well as a decision was made to continue the Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-5 rocket & space complex processing for filling and launch within the scheduled time.
The prime crew consists of: Salizhan Shakirovich Sharipov, spacecraft commander and ISS-10 flight-engineer, flight cosmonaut of RF, instructor-test cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Colonel of RF Air Force; Leroy Chiao, spacecraft flight-engineer-1, ISS-10 commander, NASA astronaut; Yuri Georgievich Shargin, spacecraft flight-engineer-2, ISS visiting crew flight-engineer, Lieutenant Colonel of RF Space Troops.
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10/12/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-5At 5:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the transporter with the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle and the Soyuz TMA-5 transport spacecraft left the Assembly and Testing Facility and arrived to the launch pad for the final pre-launch processing. The Soyuz-FG - Soyuz TMA-5 system was erected on the launcher. First launch day activities began.
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10/11/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft was integrated with the launch vehicle in the LV Assembly and Testing Facility.
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A meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical Management was held where a decision was made to roll out the launch vehicle carrying Soyuz TMA-5 to the launch pad.
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10/10/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-5Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft was transported from the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility to the Launch Vehicle Assembly and Testing Facility for integration.
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10/09/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz TMA-5 prime and backup crews inspected the transport spacecraft in its launch configuration in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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10/08/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft was completed.
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Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft was performed.
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10/07/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Fueled Soyuz TMA-5 was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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10/06/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Fueling of the Soyuz TMA-5 transport spacecraft with propellants and compressed gases is under way.
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10/05/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Members of the prime and backup crews of the Russian Soyuz transport spacecraft had training sessions and fit checks in the Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft.
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Soyuz TMA-5Soyuz TMA-5 transport spacecraft was railed to the fueling station.
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10/04/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Salizhan Sharipov (Russia), Leroy Chiao (USA), Yuri Shargin (Russia)) and backup crew (Valery Tokarev (Russia), William McArthur (USA)) of the Soyuz TMA-5 transport spacecraft arrived to the cosmodrome to accomplish training and accept the spacecraft.
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09/22/2004

Korolev, Moscow Area.
The General Designers' Review on the International Space Station Russian Segment (Chairman of the General Designers' Review, Technical Manager of the Russian Manned Programs is the General Designer, RAS academician Yu.P. Semenov) heard the reports on the results of the ISS-related efforts implemented throughout the April - September 2004 period and the progress made in preparation for implementing new phase of the Program at the meeting held at S.P. Korolev Russian and Space Corporation Energia.
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09/09/2004

Korolev, Moscow Area
From September 6 through September 8, 2004 S.P. Korolev RSC Energia hosted routine training sessions for Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao and their backup cosmonauts Valeriy Takarev and Willliam McArthur under the crew training program for the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition-10 Crew.
The Russian cosmonaut Yury Shargin, visiting crew (VC-7) member, also took part in the training sessions.
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