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19.06.2005 Korolev, Moscow Region.
MCCRussian unmanned logistics spacecraft Progress M-53 launched from Baikonur on June 17, 2005, has docked with the International Space Station after two days of free flight in low Earth orbit.
The spacecraft rendezvous with the ISS space station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and approach to the distance of about 120 meters were performed in automated mode, and the final approach was performed in the teleoperator control mode. The spacecraft made its approach to a free axial docking port on the Service Module Zvezda of the ISS. The initial contact occurred at 04:41:32 Moscow Time.
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17.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Progress M-53In accordance with Russian commitments under the International Space Station Project, an Integrated Launch Vehicle Soyuz-U/Progress M-53 was launched from Baikonur launch site at 03:09:34 Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch was to deliver, by means of Progress M-53 logistics spacecraft, cargoes to the space station that are needed for continuing its operation in manned mode, crew life support, and replenishing propellant tanks of the propulsion system.
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15.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Progress M-53At 5:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the transporter with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle and the Progress M-53 spacecraft left the Assembly and Testing Facility and arrived to the launch pad for the final pre-launch processing. The Soyuz-U - Progress M-53 system was erected on the launcher. First launch day activities began.
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14.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
A meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical Management was held where a decision was made to roll out the launch vehicle carrying Progress M-53 to the launch pad.
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Progress M-53The orbital module was integrated with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle in the processing facility.
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13.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-53 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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11.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Progress M-53 cargo vehicle was completed in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
Payload shroud roll on to the Progress M-53 spacecraft was performed.
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10.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Progress M-53 cargo vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment.
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09.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Progress M-53 fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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08.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Progress M-53 filling was completed.
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07.06.2005 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Technical Management meeting took place, which made a decision to fuel Progress M-53 cargo vehicle with propellant components and compressed gases.
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