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Kazakh Cosmonauts To Complete Training By Year End As Another Progress Rolls Out

Progress M-60 transport vehicle sets for launch
Baikonur - May 9 - At 5:00 Moscow time Soyuz launch vehicle was rolled out from the integration building to the launch pad. Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-60 transport vehicle is now installed on the launch pad. And final launch activities have been started.

ISS crew gets ready for a delivery
The International Space Station crew was preparing for the arrival of a new Progress freighter spacecraft that will deliver more than 2.5 tons of supplies. The unpiloted Progress 25 cargo spacecraft was to lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:25 p.m. EDT Friday carrying fuel, air, water and other supplies and equipment for the space station. The 25th Progress carrier to be launched to the orbiting laboratory will carry more than 1,050 pounds of propellant, nearly 100 pounds of air, more than 925 pounds of water and 3,042 pounds of dry cargo. It is scheduled to dock with the station Tuesday, about 1:10 a.m. EDT. NASA mission controllers in Houston said the spacecraft will use an automated system to dock at the space station, but Cmdr. Fyodor Yurchikhin will be at the controls of a manual docking system should his intervention be required. Once its cargo is unloaded, Progress 25 will be filled with trash and station discards. It is scheduled to be undocked, deorbited and be incinerated upon re-entry July 20.
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Astana, Kazakhstan (RIA Novosti) May 11, 2007
Two Kazakh cosmonauts will complete a training course before the year end, but a date for their flight to the International Space Station has not been fixed, the head of Russia's space agency said Thursday. Anatoly Perminov, the general director of the Federal Space Agency who is accompanying President Vladimir Putin on a visit to the Central Asian state dominated by crucial energy projects, said: "The training of the Kazakh cosmonauts, which is being conducted free of charge, will be completed this year."

He added their flight to the world's sole civilian orbital station would be on a commercial basis. "The flight will take place, when Kazakhstan is ready, but there are no vacant places on the next few Soyuz flights to the ISS," Perminov said.

Russia rents its main space center, Baikonur, built in Kazakhstan in the 1950s, under an agreement signed in 1994 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Speaking at a news conference following talks with Putin, President Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted issues that concern residents of the nearby town of Baikonur, which is under Russian civilian administration and economic regulations, including medical services, education and religious practices.

"These have been included in an action plan in 2007-2008. And we will tackle these issues through compromise by signing a relevant protocol," Nazarbayev said.

Perminov hailed cooperation in the space sphere with Kazakhstan. He said Russia's leading Khrunichev space center was building Kazakhstan's second satellite, KazSat-2, and was in talks on a series of other spacecraft for the ex-Soviet state.

The two are also working to build a space complex at Baikonur, Baiterek, to launch the Angara launch vehicles capable of carrying 26 metric tons of payload to low-Earth orbits. The project is being implemented on a parity basis and enjoys tax, customs and other privileges. But Russia has reportedly delayed tests of the Angara until 2011 from the earlier date of 2008.

Source: RIA Novosti

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More Progress At Space Station Soon
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) May 10, 2007
A new Progress freighter is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 11:25 p.m. EDT Friday, May 11, with more than 2.5 tons of fuel, air, water and other supplies and equipment aboard. The station's 25th Progress unpiloted cargo carrier will bring to the orbiting laboratory more than 1,050 pounds of propellant, almost 100 pounds of air, more than 925 pounds of water and 3,042 pounds of dry cargo - a total of 5,125 pounds.

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