Status Report

Progress M-60 Cargo Transport Mission ends

By SpaceRef Editor
September 27, 2007
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Progress M-60 Cargo Transport Mission ends

On September 25, 2007 at 23 hours: 48 minutes:00 seconds Moscow Time, Russian Progress M-60 cargo transport space vehicle completed its 137-day space flight.

While in autonomous flight from September 19 through 25, 2007, the space vehicle had provided the 6 Plasma-Progress experimental sessions during short-term firings of the onboard engines: approach-correcting engines (3 sessions) and docking and orientation engines (3 sessions). The experimental results are being analyzed.

Prior to the Progress M-60 space vehicle undocking from the International Space Station (ISS), the 15th Prime Crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin (ISS-15 Commander, RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev), Oleg Kotov (ISS Flight Engineer, RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin) and Clayton Anderson (ISS Flight Engineer, NASA) had accommodated over one ton of consumables and hardware in the space vehicle compartments.

Getting ready to meet the ISS-16 Prime Crew members, the above crew has conducted test checks of Kurs approach equipment, mounting operations to provide redocking of the Soyuz TMA-10 at the Zvezda Module docking port vacated by the Progress M-60 with the aim to prepare Zarya Functional-Cargo Block docking unit for the Soyuz TMA-11 manned space vehicle.

On September 24 the ISS orbit reboosting operations were performed using two correcting engines of Zvezda Module to support its docking with the next manned space vehicle on ground command. ISS orbital parameters as the result of the calculated impulse production: minimum altitude of 342.5 km; maximum altitude of 362.6 km; orbital period of 91.35 min.; inclination of 51.65°.

The Soyuz TMA-10 space vehicle redocking is scheduled for the night from September 27 to 28, 2007.

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On May 12, 2007 the Progress M-60 space vehicle was launched under the ISS Program. As part of the ISS the space vehicle had operated from May 15 till September 19, 2007. On September 19 at 4 hours:37 minutes:00 seconds Moscow Time the space vehicle was undocked from the ISS Russian Segment Zvezda Service Module and changed over to an autonomous flight mode on the ground command from Moscow Mission Control Center.

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