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Progress Cargo Ship With Computer Equipment Docks With ISS

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 06, 2007
The Progress M-61 cargo spacecraft carrying food, water, and fuel supplies for the crew, and equipment to repair onboard computers has automatically docked with the global orbital station, the mission control said. The cargo ship docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on schedule at 22:40 Moscow time (18:40 GMT) Sunday delivering much needed additional equipment to fix the onboard laptops of the Russian segment, which crashed on June 11. The Russian crew, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov, had temporarily repaired the damage but extra equipment was required.

The Progress also delivered equipment to conduct space experiments as part of the Japanese program. This is the third Russian cargo spacecraft sent to the ISS this year, and by the end of 2007 the Soyuz cargo ship will also make a scheduled flight to the ISS.

Apart from Yurchikhin and Kotov, the current ISS crew includes American astronaut Clayton Anderson.

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Korolev, Moscow region - Following a three-day free flight Russian cargo transport vehicle Progress M-61 docked to the International Space Station (ISS).

The vehicle rendezvous with the station, its fly-about, station-keeping and birthing were performed in the automatic mode. The vehicle came into contact with the docking port of the Russian Module Pirs at 22:40 Moscow time.

The vehicle delivered more than 2.5 tons of cargoes. They encompass oxygen, water and food supplies, propellant, consumables, science hardware and equipment, including 459 kg of equipment for the US Segment.

The ISS performs a near-orbit flight with the following parameters: minimum altitude of 337.0 km, maximum altitude of 356.8 km. The period of revolution around the Earth is 91.3 min.

The rendezvous with the station, its fly-about, and birthing operations were commanded from the Mission Control Center in Moscow (MCC-M) by the lead operational control team (LOCT) working in interaction with the US Mission Control Center in Houston (MCC-H).

During the final rendezvous and docking operations of the vehicle with the station MCC-M was attended by V.A.Grin', Deputy Chairman of the State Board, A.B.Krasnov, Head of Manned Space Programs Division of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), V.A.Lopota, President, General Designer of RSC Energia, managers and specialists of the Corporation, representatives of Roscosmos, allied companies and organizations.

The station fly-about and vehicle docking processes were observed by NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. By telemetry data and ISS Expedition 15 crew reports the ISS onboard systems of the station and vehicle operate as designed.

The ISS Expedition 15 crew consisting of Fedor Yurchikhin (RSC Energia test cosmonaut, crew commander), Oleg Kotov (RGNII Yu. Gagarin CTC test cosmonaut), Clayton Anderson (NASA astronaut, flight engineer) keep working under the flight program.

The Russian Segment of the ISS is made up of the Functional Cargo Module Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment-module Pirs, transport vehicles Soyuz TMA-10, Progress M-60 and Progress M-61 cargo transport vehicles. Progress M-59 cargo transport vehicle operating as part of the station on August 1, 2007 was undocked from Pirs module and deorbited into the Pacific Ocean.

The unburned vehicle structural elements landed at 23:28.

The US On-Orbit Segment is made up of modules Unity and Destiny, airlock Quest and multi-link truss structure with deployed solar arrays.

Source: RIA Novosti

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Progress 26 To Dock Sunday At Station
Houston TX (JSC) Aug 05, 2007
The ISS Progress 26 (P26) is on course to arrive at the International Space Station just about on time, but the space shuttle Endeavour is going to be a little later than planned. The station crew members, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clay Anderson, got an early start to their weekend with a light-duty day on Friday. It was scheduled because Sunday will be a busy day, with the arrival of the new Progress scheduled for about 2 40 p.m. EDT.

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