Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Launch Notification: Progress-M 08M

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New Launch: 2010 October 27, 1511 UTC
Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launcher: Soyuz-U
International Designator(s): 2010-055A

SSC Name Owner

"Just a week before the shuttle Discovery arrives at the International Space Station for its construction mission, a Russian resupply ship has launched to deliver a load of equipment, fuel and provisions to the orbiting science laboratory.

"Liftoff of the cargo freighter atop a Soyuz booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan occurred today at 11:11 a.m. EDT (1511 GMT).

"The preliminary orbit was achieved after a nine-minute ascent provided by the three-stage rocket, and onboard commands were issued to unfurl the craft's communications and navigation antennas and extend two power-generating solar arrays that span 35 feet [11 m].

"A series of precise engine firings over the next three days will guide the Progress toward an automated rendezvous with the station. The docking is slated for Saturday at 12:39 p.m. EDT (1639 GMT).

"The 24-foot [7-m] long ship will attach itself to the open port on the Pirs compartment, which was vacated Monday when a previous Progress was jettisoned.

"Today's launch was known in the station's assembly matrix as Progress mission 40P. The spacecraft's formal Russian designation is Progress M-08M.

"The craft will bring two-and-a-half tons of supplies to the station. The "dry" cargo tucked aboard the Progress amounts to 2,804 pounds [1,272 kg] in the form of food, spare parts, life support gear and experiment hardware.

"The refueling module carries 1,918 pounds [870 kg] of propellant for transfer into the Russian segment of the complex to feed the station's maneuvering thrusters. The vessel also has 498 pounds [226 kg] of water and 110 pounds [50 kg] of oxygen.

"It'll remain attached to the station through mid-January."

Source: Spaceflght Now, "Cargo craft begins pursuit of International Space Station"