June 21, 2011. Baikonur launch site,
branch office of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
The launch of cargo transport vehicle Progress M-11M was performed from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 18:38:15 Moscow time.
The launch objective is to provide further operation of the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit in compliance with the Russian party commitments under the project.
The main objective of the mission is to deliver onboard the Station of 2.6 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 - 193.96 km, maximum altitude - 240.09 km, period of revolution - 88.54 min.
The vehicle onboard systems operate in the design modes.
The vehicle prelaunch processing and launch operations were preformed at the cosmodrome under the direction of the State Commission on the basis of the Technical Management reports.
Based on the data of telemetry information and reports of the ISS Expedition-28 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 June 23, 2011 at 20:37 Moscow time.
- The fuel, oxygen, water, food reserves and the consumables margin; onboard documentation, parcels for the crew, as well as the equipment for USOS are delivered to orbit in the vehicle compartments.
- Currently the following cosmonauts and astronauts work in near-earth orbit under the ISS program: Russian cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko (the crew commander), Alexander Samokutiaev and Sergei Volkov; U.S. astronauts Ronald Garan and Michael Fossum, Japanese Space Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa.
- The Progress M-11M vehicle is the 43-rd Russian space cargo vehicle launched to the ISS in the scope of this project and the 11-th vehicle of a new series Progress M cargo transport vehicles developed by RSC Energia. The vehicle as compared with the previous series of the Progress M vehicles has the improved flight-technical characteristics.