|Mission type||Salyut 6 resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Progress 7K-TG|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||13 May 1979, 04:17:10 UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 31/6|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||9 June 1979, 18:52:46 UTC|
|Perigee altitude||190 km|
|Apogee altitude||247 km|
|Epoch||13 May 1979|
|Docking with Salyut 6|
|Docking date||15 May 1979, 06:19:22 UTC|
|Undocking date||8 June 1979, 07:59:41 UTC|
Progress 6 was a Progress 7K-TG spacecraft. The sixth of forty three to be launched, it had the serial number 106. The Progress 7K-TG spacecraft was the first generation Progress, derived from the Soyuz 7K-T and intended for uncrewed logistics missions to space stations in support of the Salyut programme. On some missions the spacecraft were also used to adjust the orbit of the space station.
The Progress spacecraft had a dry mass of 6,520 kilograms (14,370 lb), which increased to around 7,020 kilograms (15,480 lb) when fully fuelled. It measured 7.48 metres (24.5 ft) in length, and 2.72 metres (8 ft 11 in) in diameter. Each spacecraft could accommodate up to 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) of payload, consisting of dry cargo and propellant. The spacecraft were powered by chemical batteries, and could operate in free flight for up to three days, remaining docked to the station for up to thirty.