Progress M-53 approaching the ISS.
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Mission duration||83 days|
|Spacecraft type||Progress-M s/n 353|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||16 June 2005, 23:09:34 UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||7 September 2005,|
|Perigee altitude||351 km|
|Apogee altitude||353 km|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Zvezda aft|
|Docking date||19 June 2005, 00:41:31 UTC|
|Undocking date||7 September 2005,|
|Time docked||80 days|
Progress M-53 (Russian: Прогресс М-53), identified by NASA as Progress 18P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 353.
The spacecraft docked with the aft port of the Zvezda module at 00:41:31 UTC on 19 June 2005. The docking was conducted using the backup TORU system, under the control of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, due to a power failure at one of the spacecraft's ground control stations. It remained docked for 80 days before undocking at 10:25:57 UTC on 7 September 2005 to make way for Progress M-54. It was deorbited at 13:26:00 UTC on 7 September 2005. The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 14:12:40 UTC.
Progress M-53 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research.