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Russia launches another cargo ship to space station
BY JUSTIN RAY
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: January 27, 2011


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With Japan's cargo freighter safely arriving at the International Space Station early Thursday, Russia has launched its next resupply ship loaded with more provisions and even a tiny amateur radio satellite that spacewalkers will deploy from the orbiting outpost.


Credit: Tsenki TV
 
Liftoff of the Soyuz booster carrying the Progress vessel from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan occurred Thursday night at 8:31 p.m. EST (0131 GMT), beginning Russia's 41st such cargo delivery mission to the space station.

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.

A series of precise engine firings over the next two days will guide the Progress toward an automated rendezvous with the station. The docking is slated for Saturday night at 9:39 p.m. EST (0239 GMT).

The 24-foot long ship will attach itself to the open port on the Pirs compartment, which was vacated Sunday when a previous Progress was jettisoned to burn up in the atmosphere.

Thursday's launch was known in the station's assembly matrix as Progress mission 41P. The spacecraft's formal Russian designation is Progress M-09M.

The craft will bring two-and-a-half tons of supplies to the station. The "dry" cargo tucked aboard the Progress amounts to 3,080 pounds in the form of food, spare parts, life support gear and experiment hardware.

The refueling module carries 1,918 pounds of propellant for transfer into the Russian segment of the complex to feed the station's maneuvering thrusters. The vessel also has 926 pounds of water and 110 pounds of oxygen.

Among the cargo is ARISSat-1, a 66-pound spacecraft produced in a joint venture between the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp., NASA and RSC Energia. The craft will support amateur radio operators, transmit still pictures of Earth from onboard video cameras and play recorded greetings in 15 languages.


ARISSat-1. Credit: Energia
 
The space station is staffed by the Expedition 26 crew of commander Scott Kelly, fellow NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka and Dmitry Kondratyev.

The cosmonauts will be standing by Saturday to take over manual control of the approaching Progress spacecraft if the autopilot experiences a problem. They will spend time this week checking out the backup system.

After the Progress arrives, the station crew will turn its focus toward a very busy February that includes a Russian-based spacewalk, the second-ever European Automated Transfer Vehicle arriving and the long-awaited mission by space shuttle Discovery.

The ATV 2 will be launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana on February 15 for docking on February 23. The Russian EVA by Kondratyev and Skripochka, which will toss ARISSat-1 into orbit, is slated for February 16.

Discovery is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 24 at 4:50 p.m. EST. The shuttle will dock with the station two days later to install the Permanent Multipurpose Module and an external equipment carrier.

You can follow along with Discovery's launch countdown and flight in our Mission Status Center.

The following Progress freighter timeline shows the key events scheduled from launch until docking:

Day 1 events - Thursday

Event Mission Time Eastern Time
LAUNCH 0/00:00:00 8:31:39 p.m.
Orbit Insertion 0/00:08:45 8:40:24 p.m.

Day 2 events - Friday

Event Mission Time Eastern Time
Maneuver DV1
(13.95 m/s)
0/03:38:45 12:10:24 a.m.
Maneuver DV2
(28.21 m/s)
0/04:13:01 12:44:40 a.m.
Maneuver DV3
(2.00 m/s)
1/00:41:18 9:12:57 p.m.

Day 3 events - Saturday

Event Mission Time Eastern Time
Start Automated
Rendezvous
1/22:44:58 7:16:37 p.m.
DV4 / Impulse 1
(17.549 m/s)
1/23:06:55 7:38:34 p.m.
Impulse 2
(1.242 m/s)
1/23:27:15 7:58:54 p.m.
Progress Kurs-A
activation
1/23:31:21 8:03:00 p.m.
Zvezda Kurs-P
activation
1/23:33:21 8:05:00 p.m.
DV5 / Impulse 3
(11.232 m/s)
1/23:53:34 8:25:13 p.m.
Good Kurs-P data
(Range 80 km)
1/23:55:38 8:27:17 p.m.
Orbital sunrise 2/00:05:10 8:36:49 p.m.
Kurs-A and Kurs-P
short test
(Range 15 km)
2/00:16:38 8:48:17 p.m.
Start Zvezda transmitter
for TORU link
(Range 9 km)
2/00:22:38 8:54:17 p.m.
Progress TV
activation
(Range 8 km)
2/00:23:58 8:55:37 p.m.
Start Progress receiver
for TORU link
(Range 3 km)
2/00:31:58 9:03:37 p.m.
Impulse 4
(6.732 m/s)
2/00:32:19 9:03:58 p.m.
TORU command
link test
(Range 2 km)
2/00:34:38 9:06:17 p.m.
Impulse 5
(5.461 m/s)
2/00:36:59 9:08:38 p.m.
Impulse 6
(2.188 m/s)
2/00:39:39 9:11:18 p.m.
Start flyaround 2/00:42:48 9:14:27 p.m.
Start stationkeeping 2/00:49:51 9:21:30 p.m.
Start final approach 2/00:56:21 9:28:00 p.m.
Orbital sunset 2/01:01:41 9:33:20 p.m.
DOCKING 2/01:07:21 9:39:00 p.m.

Data source: NASA

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