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
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
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.