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Russian Space Freighter Set To Test New Flight Software

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Nov 25, 2008
The flight of Russia's cargo spacecraft, equipped with a new on-board digital control system, to the International Space Station (ISS) will take four days, a Russian space official said on Monday.

The launch of the Progress M-01M space freighter to the orbital station on board a Soyuz-U carrier rocket is scheduled for November 26 from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

"This spacecraft will approach the ISS in a four-day pattern. During the flight we will conduct all necessary checks to make sure that the digital equipment responds promptly to our commands," said Vladimir Solovyov, head of the Russian segment of the ISS.

"We will use the first spacecraft in a series to see how everything operates, and if we do not have any major performance issues, we will switch to a regular two-day pattern," the official said.

The new space freighter will deliver 2.5 tons of cargo to the orbital station, including food and water supplies for the current crew, fuel, and a variety of scientific equipment.

Source: RIA Novosti

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