ISS-62 mission

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ISS crew:

Commander -
Oleg Skripochka
Flight engineers:
Andrew Morgan
Jessica Meir



30 years of Progress M-3 cargo vehicle

March 1, 2020

Thirty years ago, on March 1, 1990, Progress M-3 cargo vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome under the Mir manned orbital station carrying the sixth primary expedition crew.

On March 3, 1990 Progress M-3 automatically docked to Kvant module of the Mir orbital complex (Core module Kvant Kvant-2 - Soyuz TM-9). Apart from the life-support equipment, experiment kits and propellant the vehicle delivered a new Salyut-5B on-board digital computer complex (ODCC). It replaced the former Argon-16M ODCC which resources were already insufficient for reliable motion control of a large-tonnage station, taking into account its outfitting with heavy functional modules. In so doing, Argon-16M remained a backup device for the Mir station attitude control performing a propulsive attitude control in the event of failure of the main Salyut-5B gyro control system.

Within the framework of the preflight processing of Progress M-3 payload specialists from NPO Energia (now RSC Energia) and representatives of the electronics industry conducted an extensive program of joint ODCC tests. Thanks to their joint efforts the integrated Salyut-5B/Argon-16M system ensured stability and controllability of the more complicated configuration of the Mir complex until the end of its operating life, including dockings with the US Space Shuttle vehicles under the international Mir/Shuttle program.




April 9, 2020
The launch of LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-15 is planned
December 6, 2019
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-13 is launched



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