From: RSC Energia
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2003
The spacecraft was launched as a part of space launcher system Soyuz-U/Progress M1-10 from Baikonur launch site at 14:34:19 Moscow daylight-saving time.
The objective of the launch is logistics support for the International Space Station (ISS).
The launch was made in accordance with the ISS mission plan modified after Columbia space shuttle accident and the resulting temporary grounding of the US space shuttle fleet.
Progress M1-10 carries more than 2.3 tons of cargoes, including: 360 liters of potable water; propellant for the space station; oxygen, food; supplies for the atmospheric revitalization system, maintenance and repair; sanitary, hygienic and medical support, personal protection aids, water, power and lighting systems; crew support equipment; scientific equipment, including payloads for conducting work in the interests of the European Space Agency; equipment for outfitting and servicing the systems of the space station, including its US segment.
The spacecraft was put into an orbit with the maximum altitude of 258.2 km, minimal altitude of 193.7 km, orbital period of 88.72 minutes and inclination of 51.65°.
Its on-board systems operate within their design limits. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the ISS on June 11, 2003 at 15:17, after completing a three-day rendezvous profile that was chosen by the specialists based on the need to optimize propellant consumption.
This is already the tenth spacecraft of the new modification of Progress spacecraft developed and built by S.P.Korolev RSC Energia specialists in cooperation with companies and organizations in the Russian rocket and space industry. The first mission of this modification of the spacecraft was performed under Mir space station program during the period of February 1 through April 27, 2000.
The Progress M1-10 spacecraft was readied for flight under direction of the Technical Manager of the Russian Manned Space Programs, Designer General of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yu.P.Semenov.
The decision to roll the integrated launch vehicle Soyuz-U/Progress M1-10 out to the launch pad at Baikonur and to launch was made by the State Commission based on the final report of the Technical Management. The spacecraft and the ISS Russian Segment missions are controlled by the Lead Operative Control Team (LOCT) (headed by cosmonaut V.A.Soloviev) from Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Korolev, Moscow region.
The ISS space station operates in an orbit with the following parameters: maximum altitude of 404.2 km, minimal altitude of 387.4 km. Its mass is about 179 tons. The Russian segment of the space station includes the Functional Cargo Module (FGB) Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, Docking Module/Compartment Pirs, manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-2, logistics vehicle Progress M-47. The US segment includes modules Unity and Destiny, airlock chamber Quest and a multi-section truss structure with deployed solar arrays.
Based on the telemetry data and reports from the commander of the crew of Expedition Seven (ISS-7) Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and the flight engineer, US astronaut Edward Lu, all the on-board systems operate within their design limits. The space station is ready for docking with Progress M1-10.
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