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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
about the Progress M1-5 Cargo Vehicle Docking to MIR Orbital Complex
 

01/27/2001. Korolev, Moscow area

The Progress M1-5 transport cargo vehicle launched on 24 January 2001 from Baikonur Cosmodrome following the completion of a three-day autonomous flight in a near-earth orbit to the MIR Orbital Complex, docked to it on the Kvant module side.
The module port contact occurred at 8:33 a.m. Moscow time, when the vehicle and station were in the coverage area of the Russian ground measurement stations.
The cargo vehicle delivered about 2.5 t of propellant to conduct operations required under the final MIR Orbital Complex flight phase program.
During the vehicle flight the effective procedure of the transport cargo vehicle rendezvous with the Orbital Stations previously tested on rendezvous of Progress M-43 vehicle with the Station was used.
The Progress M1-5 transport cargo vehicle docked to the docking port, which on January 25 at 08:19:20 Moscow time was cleared by Progress M-43 being in a free flight.
The Orbital Complex of 137 t (consisting of the Core, Kvant, Kvant-2, Kristall, Spektr and Priroda modules, docking compartment, Progress M1-5 cargo vehicle) rotates around the Earth in orbit with a maximum altitude of 311.6 km, minimum altitude of 292.3 km, inclination of 51.66?. The period of revolution is 90.3 min.
The flight control of the MIR Orbital Complex and Progress M-43 is implemented by the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) from Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC). The flight director is pilot-cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.
According to LOCT, the onboard systems of the MIR Orbital Complex modules and Progress M1-5, Progress M-43 vehicles are in up state. The Orbital Complex is flying in an unmanned mode.
On docking of the Progress M1-5 vehicle with the MIR Orbital Complex Yu.P. Semenov, Technical Manager of Manned Space Programs, S.P. Korolev RSC Enegia General Designer, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences; V.A. Grin, Interdepartment governmental Committee Deputy Chairman, lieutenant general; V.V. Alaverdov, First Deputy Director General of Russian Aerospace Agency; N.A. Anfimov, Director of FGUP TsNIIMash, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences; specialists of S.P. Korolev RSC Enegia, Rosaviakosmos, TsNII of Machine-Building, developers of the station modules and cargo vehicles onboard systems, representatives of other organizations participating in the MIR Station program activities including the final flight phase were present at MCC.
Following the docking complete a press-conference for journalists took place in MCC.
Responding to their questions, Yu.P. Semenov, General Designer, Academician of RAS, reported that the Complex is performing a controlled flight according to the program. All needed technical flight control systems and methods have been involved, which were tested over the previous years the flight program implementation for the orbital stations and vehicles including final operations of their de-orbit in a predetermined area of the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

 

 

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