October 27, 2010. Baikonur launch site,
branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia
The launch of cargo transport vehicle Progress M-08M was
performed from the launch site of the Baikonur cosmodrome at 7:11:50
p.m. Moscow time.
The launch objective is to provide further operation of the International Space Station (ISS) in compliance with the Russian party commitments under the project.
The main objective of the mission is to deliver onboard the Station more than 2.5 t of different cargoes required to continue the ISS flight in the manned mode and provide the crewmembers life and working conditions.
The vehicle is injected into the reference near-earth orbit with the following parameters inclination - 51.64° , minimum altitude 192.45 km, maximum altitude - 242.99 km, period of revolution - 88.57 min.
The vehicle onboard systems operate in the design modes.
The vehicle prelaunch processing operations were performed at the cosmodrome under the direction of the State Commission (the Chairman is Roscosmos Director A.N. Perminov). The Commission accepted a decision to implement the vehicle prelaunch processing phases on the basis of the Technical Management reports. President of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia and General Designer V.A. Lopota is at the head of the Technical Management.
Based on the data of telemetry information and reports of the ISS Expedition-25 crew the Station onboard systems operate in the design modes. The Station is ready for docking with the vehicle.
The vehicle docking is planned for October 30, 2010 at 8:40 p.m. Moscow time.
- S.P. Korolev RSC Energia is a strategic enterprise of Russia, prime contractor of a national rocket-space industry under the manned space flight programs. It is responsible for the development of the ISS Russian Segment, its integration into the Station and operation including the development and operation of the main Russian modules (Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet, etc.), manufacture, launch and operation of the Soyuz TMA and Progress M vehicles.
- The fuel, water, oxygen, food reserves and the consumables margin, as well as the equipment for the USOS are delivered to orbit in the vehicle compartments.
- Currently the following cosmonauts and astronauts work in
the near-earth orbit under the ISS program: Russian cosmonauts
Alexander Kalery, Oleg
Skripochka and U.S. astronauts Douglas
Wheelock (the ISS commander), Shannon
Walker and Scott Kelly.
- The Progress M-08M vehicle is the 40-th Russian space cargo vehicle launched to the ISS in the scope of this project and the 8-th vehicle of a new series Progress M cargo transport vehicles with the improved flight-technical characteristics.
- Presently at the Baikonur cosmodrome the prelaunch processing operations of the Soyuz TMA-20 manned transport vehicle are conducted; the launch of Soyuz TMA-20 is planned for mid December 2010.