Progress M-05M


Progress M-05M
Progress M-05M 2.jpg
Progress M-05M approaching the ISS.
Mission typeISS resupply
COSPAR ID2010-018A
SATCAT no.36521
Mission duration201 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeProgress-M s/n 405
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date28 April 2010, 17:15 UTC
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 1/5
End of mission
Decay date15 November 2010
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Epoch28 April 2010
Docking with ISS
Docking portPirs
Docking date1 May 2010, 18:30 UTC
Undocking date25 October 2010, 14:25 UTC
Time docked177 days
Mass2400 kg
Pressurised1497 kg (dry cargo)
Fuel870 kg
Water100 kg
Progress ISS Resupply

Progress M-05M (Russian: Прогресс М-05М), identified by NASA as Progress 37P, is a Progress spacecraft launched by the Russian Federal Space Agency in April 2010 to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).[1][2] The spacecraft carried fresh food and supplies for the ISS crew. Progress M-05M also hauled some special care packages for the station crew that included confectioneries, books and new movies.[3]


Launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying Progress M-05M.

The launch of Progress M-05M, which occurred at 17:15 UTC on 28 April 2010, was conducted from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome,[4] using a Soyuz-U carrier rocket.

The Progress M-05M spacecraft arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome by train on 19 March 2010.[5] Shortly after delivery, initial tests of its electronics and Kurs docking system began,[6] which were completed by 29 March 2010.[7] Further testing was subsequently conducted using an acoustic chamber between 1 and 3 April 2010.[8][9] It then underwent a series of leak checks in a vacuum chamber.[9] The spacecraft was fuelled for its mission on 19 April 2010,[10] and mated to its launch adaptor on 21 April 2010.[11] On 22 April 2010, the spacecraft underwent a final inspection before it was encapsulated in the payload fairing[12] It was then transported to the MIK integration building for installation atop the carrier rocket, on 24 April 2010.[13] It was rolled to the launch pad on 26 April 2010, and successfully launched two days later.


Progress M-05M approaches the ISS for docking.
Progress M-05M (background) is docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment.

Following three days of free flight,[14] Progress M-05M docked with the Pirs module of the ISS at 18:30 UTC on 1 May 2010.[15][16] During rendezvous operations, when Progress M-05M was about a kilometre from the station, its Kurs docking system failed. Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov used the backup TORU system to manually control the rendezvous and docking, setting a record for the furthest distance a Progress spacecraft was flown under manual control.[17][18]

The Progress M-03M spacecraft, which had previously been occupying the Pirs docking port, departed on 22 April 2010 to make way for Progress M-05M.[19]


Progress M-05M remained docked with the space station until 25 October 2010.[20] The spacecraft undocked from the Pirs docking compartment at 14:25 UTC on 25 October 2010.[21] Expedition 25 Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin closed and performed leak checks on the hatch between the space station and Progress M-05M on 22 October 2010, completing preparations for the spacecraft's undocking. The undocking of Progress M-05M cleared the way for the launch of the Progress M-08M spacecraft on 27 October 2010 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. On 30 October 2010, Progress M-08M docked to the Pirs docking compartment vacated by Progress M-05M.


After undocking, the spacecraft was transferred to a lower orbit. The Progress M-05M spacecraft spent 21 days orbiting a safe distance from the space station. The autonomous mission enabled Russian scientists to conduct geophysical experiments before spacecraft's demise.

On 15 November 2010, Progress M-05M was deorbited and drowned in the South Pacific Ocean several thousand kilometers East of New Zealand.[22] Progress engines were activated by the onboard computer and retroburn was initiated at 8:50 UTC. The main engine operated for 186.2 seconds, providing the braking burn of 89.7 mps to the spacecraft. The remaining parts of the Progress M-05M, not burnt during the reentry fell down in the area of 47°57' South and 220°44'West at about 9:35 UTC.[23]


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  20. ^ "ISS On-Orbit Status". NASA. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  21. ^ Russian Federal Space Agency (25 October 2010). "Progress M-05M Autonomous Mission". Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  22. ^ ITAR-TASS (15 November 2010). "Progress transport ship disposed of in Pacific". Retrieved 17 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Russian Federal Space Agency (15 November 2010). "Progress M-05M Deorbited". Retrieved 17 November 2010.