01/24/2001. Baikonur Cosmodrome
At 7 hours 28 minutes 42 seconds Moscow Time the Progress
M1-5 transport cargo vehicle-tanker was launched.
The launch is intended to support the operations to be accomplished
under the MIR Orbital Manned Complex Final Flight Phase
Program to execute the Decree of the Government of RF dated
The vehicle has been injected into orbit with a maximum
altitude of 242.2 km, minimum altitude of 193.9 km and revolution
period of 88.6 min. The vehicle onboard systems operate
The docking to the Orbital Complex is scheduled on January
27, 2001 at 8:31 am. During the autonomous flight of the
vehicle a MIR/Progress M1-5 rendezvous configuration will
be implemented providing minimum propellant consumption
rates. This configuration was successfully tested during
the Progress M-43 rendezvous and docking to the MIR Orbital
Complex, that will be undocked and transferred to the autonomous
flight mode on January 25, 2000 before the Progress M1-5
cargo vehicle arrives.
The Progress M1-5 will occupy the Kvant module docking port
cleared after the Progress M-43 departs.
The flight control of the Progress M1-5 cargo vehicle and
MIR Orbital Complex is implemented by Lead Operational Control
Team (LOCT) from Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC-M).
The flight director is pilot-cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.
According to LOCT, the MIR Orbital Complex is in up state,
and continues a controlled flight in an unmanned mode.
The Orbital Complex of 135 t mass (it consists of the Core,
Kvant, Kvant-2, Kristall, Spektr and Priroda modules, docking
compartment and Progress M-43 cargo vehicle) rotates around
the Earth in orbit with a maximum altitude of 312.9 km,
minimum altitude of 295.6 km, inclination of 51.66?. The
period of revolution is 90.4 min.
The Progress M1-5 prelaunch processing and launch at Baikonur
Cosmodrome were directed by Yu. P. Semenov, Technical Manager
of the Russian Manned Programs, General Designer of RSC
Energia, Academician of RAS) under coordination of the Intergovernmental
Committee established in accordance with the Decree of the
Russian Government (Committee Deputy Chairman is lieutenant
general V.A. Grin).