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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
about Soyuz TMA-7 transport spacecraft docking to
the International Space Station
 

October 3, 2005. Korolev, Moscow Region.

The Russian Soyuz TMA-7 manned transport spacecraft docked to the Orbital Complex of the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit and having performed all final required rendezvous operations until the station-keeping and subsequent berthing in an automated mode, Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft approached the ISS Orbital Complex.
At 9:27 Moscow Daylight Saving Time the spacecraft docking assembly came into contact with the docking port of the docking compartment/module Pirs, when the spacecraft and Station were within the Russian ground site coverage.
The spacecraft rendezvous and berthing operations were monitored by the Expedition Eleven Crew (ISS-11), staying onboard the station, and Russian and U.S. Mission Control Centers personnel, using the trajectory measurements, telemetry and television information including information coming from the onboard TV cameras located on the ISS Russian and U.S. On-orbit Segments.
The transfer hatches between the spacecraft and Pirs module were open at 12:36 upon completion of the mechanical capture, retraction and pressure integrity check. The joint International crew consisting of Russian cosmonauts: S. Krikalev (ISS-11 commander), V. Tokarev (ISS-12 flight engineer), U.S. astronauts: John Phillips (ISS-11 flight engineer), William McArthur (ISS-12 commander), Gregory Olsen (spaceflight participant, VC-9) are staying onboard the Orbital Complex.
The return of the ISS-11 crew and G. Olsen to the Earth by Soyuz TMA-6 is scheduled on October 11, 2005 with landing at 5:12 Moscow time.
At present the ISS Orbital Complex of about 193.2 tons is operating in orbit in the following configuration: Functional Cargo Block Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, Docking Module/Compartment Pirs, manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-6, Soyuz TMA-7, cargo vehicle Progress M-54 (Russian Segment), as well as modules Unity, Destiny, airlock Quest and multi-link truss structure with the deployed solar arrays (U.S. On-Orbit Segment).
The ISS Complex is flying in a near-earth orbit with the following parameters: maximum altitude of 367.0 km, minimum altitude of 347.8 km, orbital period of 91.4 min.
The onboard systems of the transport spacecraft and station modules operate normally. The ISS joint crew is performing in-orbit activities per the flight program.
The ISS Russian Segment flight is commanded by the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) from Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Korolev, Moscow region. (The Flight Director is V.A. Soloviev, Vice-president of RSC Energia, Deputy General Designer, Pilot-Cosmonaut). The control is provided in interaction with the U.S. Mission Control Center (MCC-H) in Houston.
The final flight operations during the spacecraft rendezvous and docking to the station were performed under control of N.N. Sevastiyanov, RSC Energia President, General Designer for Manned Space Complexes and Technical Manager of Flight Tests, who worked in the MCC-M control room.
During these operations MCC-M was attended by A.N.Perminov, Director of the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos), W.Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator, V.A. Grin, co-chairman of the State Board, A.B. Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs Department of Roskosmos, V.V.Tsibliev, Director of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC RGNII, N.A. Anfimov, General Director of TSNII of machine-building, responsible representatives of Roskosmos, NASA, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, allied space enterprises and organizations, participating in the realization of the ISS Project.
Upon completion of the docking a press conference for representatives of the Russian and foreign information agencies and TV companies took place. A.N. Perminov, Director of Roskosmos, W. Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator, A.B. Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs of Roskosmos, N.N. Sevastiyanov, RSC Energia President, General Designer answered the questions of journalists related to the program of further ISS-related activities.
During the first TV communication pass between MCC-M and the International Station V.A. Grin, co-chairman of the State Board, W. Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator, N.N. Sevastiyanov, RSC Energia President, General Designer, A.B. Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs of Roskosmos and N.A. Anfimov, General Director of TSNII of machine-building, congratulated the Soyuz TMA-7 crew with their arrival to the station and wished a successful completion of the program for the next milestone to the joint crew.

Key data on the experiment program to be performed during the flight of the Expedition twelve Crew ISS-12 and visiting crew VC-9 is presented in Internet at RSC Energia site at addresses:
www.energia.ru/eng/iss/iss12/res.html,
www.energia.ru/eng/iss/soyuz-tma-7/iss-ninth_russian.html.

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