Steps of ISS assembly


 
Spacecraft Launch date Landing date Station element
30 Progress M1-9 Sep 25, 2002 Feb 1, 2003  
31 Atlantis STS-112 Oct 7, 2002 Oct 18, 2002 S-1 Truss, starboard section of the ISS Integrated Truss Structure and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A.
32 Soyuz TMA-1 Oct 30, 2002 May 4, 2003  
33 Endeavour STS-113 Nov 24, 2002 Dec 7, 2002 Right section of the ISS Integrated Truss Structure (P1) and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart B
34 Progress M-47 Feb 2, 2003 Aug 28, 2003 

On September 25, 2002, the Progress M1-9 cargo vehicle was launched into the low earth orbit from Baikonur launch site and performed automatical docking to its axial docking node on the ISS Service Module Zvezda on September 29.
In the process of flight to the space station the joint testing of the Kurs approach system located on the Russian Zvezda module and the cargo vehicle was conducted successfully as planned. The cargo vehicle delivered about 2,6 t of cargo to the ISS including: propellants for the station refilling; oxygen; equipment required to outfit and maintain the onboard systems; scientific equipment; food; onboard documentation; parcels for crewmembers; Russian national census sheets for 2002; equipment for the program of ESA astronaut Franc Devignes, Belgium. In-orbit system has been built, comprising of: Functional Cargo Block "Zarya", Zvezda Service Module, docking compartment-module "Pirs", "Soyuz TM-34" manned space vehicle, "Progress M1-9" cargo vehicle and also Unity, Destiny modules and Quest Airlock. The weight of the system is about 155,8 t.
On February 1, 2003 Progress M1-9 undocked from the ISS and after departing from the station was transferred to a descent and de-orbit trajectory to splashdown in the assigned region of the world oceanic area.

On October 7, 2002, the Atlantis Shuttle STS-112 was launched from J. Kennedy Space Center (ISS Expansion Program, Flight 9A) which docked to the ISS on October 9. The crew - NASA astronauts Jeff Ashby (commander), Pam Melroy (pilot), David Wolf , Sandra Magnus, Piers Sellers (specialists) and Russian cosmonaut Fedor Yurchikhin (flight specialist, employee of S.P Korolev RSC Energia).
Goal of the flight - delivery and installation of S-1 Truss, starboard section of the ISS Integrated Truss Structure and also delivery of water, cargo and scientific equipment to outfit USOS. During the joint flight the US crew performed three spacewalks. The shuttle thruster jets raised the ISS's orbit during two maneuvers. On October 16 the Atlantis' crew undocked and returned to the Earth on October 18.

On October 30, 2002 the first Russian manned space vehicle of new modification "Soyuz TMA-1" (ISS Expansion Program, Flight 5S) was launched from Baikonur launch site by the Soyuz FG launch vehicle, which on November 1 docked to the station. The fourth Russian expedition crew was onboard the station (EP-4): Russian cosmonauts Sergey Zaletin (commander), Yury Lonchakov (onboard engineer-2) and Belgian astronaut from ESA Franc Devignes (onboard enginer-1). The goal of the mission - scheduled replacement of the Soyuz TM-34 that stayed as a part of ISS since April 27, 2002, as a rescue vehicle and also flight testing of the Soyuz TMA-1 space vehicle, space experiments and research onboard, including Odyssey project and also engineering support to the main crew flight. On November 9, 2002, the Soyuz TM-34 space vehicle was undocked from the Zarya module and on November 10 reentry module of the space vehicle returned crew EP-4 to the Earth.

On November 24, 2002 the launch of the American Space Shuttle Endeavour was performed with the subsequent docking with the ISS on November 25 at 21 hours 59 minutes UTC (i.e. on November 26 at 00 hours 59 minutes Moscow legal time). The flight is denoted by STS-113 (the flight number is 11A under the ISS assembly program). The crew makeup was the following: NASA astronauts James Wetherbee (Commander), Paul Lockhart (Pilot), Michael Lopez-Alegria, John Herrington, Kenneth Bowersox, Donald Pettit and the Russia cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin (Flight Specialists). The flight objective is to deliver and mount on the station of the starboard section as part of the ISS Integrated Truss Structure (the P1 section), which is a 14-m aluminum structure. Subsequently, it will house the boards carrying solar arrays, as well as provide delivery of the 6th Prime Crew (ISS-6) members (Kenneth Bowersox, Nikolai Budarin, Donald Pettit) and return to Earth of the fifth Prime Crew (ISS-5) members (Valery Korzun, Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev), who have been operating onboard the Orbital station since June 7, 2002. During the Endeavour/ISS mated flight, the US astronauts M. Lopez-Alegria and J. Herrington preformed three spacewalks, during which they conducted the assembly operations to connect service lines between the sections of the ISS Integrated Truss Structure (central section SO and the side section P1 placed in orbit during this flight and mounted on the section SO by the Orbiter robot arm); continued the work to mount elements of the rail-guided cart (crew and Equipment Translation Aid); installed external transceivers of the wireless video system on the Unity Module and the P1 Truss; conducted the assembly/dismantling operating with other structural members. The Orbiter propulsion system enabled to perform three orbital raising corrections of the Complex. On December 2th the Endeavour crew members conducted undocking; on December 7th they carried out successful ground landing.

On February 2, 2003 Progress M-47 cargo vehicle was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome to a near-earth orbit. Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit on February 4, 2003 Progress M-47 made an automatic docking to the side port of the Russian Service Module Zvezda of the International Space Station.
The vehicle delivered about 2.5 tons of various cargoes to the ISS including 870 kg of propellant for the station refueling. An on-orbit complex of about 180.4 t was assembled consisting of Functional Cargo Module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment-module Pirs, cargo vehicle Progress M-47, manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-1, modules Unity, Destiny and airlock Quest.
On August 28, 2003 the Progress M-47 cargo transport vehicle was undocked from the ISS, made to follow descent trajectory and ceased to exist in a preset area of the Pacific Ocean.