Progress M-63

Summary

Progress M-63
Progress M-63.jpg
Progress M-63 approaching the ISS.
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorRoskosmos
COSPAR ID2008-004A
SATCAT no.32484
Mission duration62 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeProgress-M s/n 363
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date5 February 2008, 13:02 UTC
RocketSoyuz-U
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 1/5
End of mission
DisposalDeorbited
Decay date7 April 2008, 12:36 UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude333 km
Apogee altitude343 km
Inclination51.6°
Period91.29 minutes
Epoch5 February 2008
Docking with ISS
Docking portPirs
Docking date7 February 2008, 14:38 UTC
Undocking date7 April 2008, 08:49 UTC
Time docked60 days
Cargo
Mass2326 kg
Pressurised1326.6 kg (dry cargo)
Fuel528.5 kg
Gaseous46 kg (oxygen and air)
Water419.5 kg
Progress ISS Resupply
 

Progress M-63 (Russian: Прогресс М-63), identified by NASA as Progress 28P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 363.

Launch

Progress M-63 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 13:02 UTC on 5 February 2008.[1]

Docking

The spacecraft docked with the Pirs module at 14:38 UTC on 7 February 2008.[2] Pirs had been vacated by the departure of Progress M-62 which had undocked on 4 February 2008.[3] Progress M-63 successfully docked using the automated Kurs system, however cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko was standing by to guide it in using the backup manual TORU system should it have been necessary.[3] Progress M-63 remained docked for 60 days before undocking at 08:49 UTC on 7 April 2008.[4] It was deorbited at 11:50 UTC on 7 April 2008.[4] The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 12:36 UTC.[4][5]

Progress M-63 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research. Its cargo consisted of over 528.5 kilograms (1,165 lb) of propellant, 46 kilograms (101 lb) of oxygen and air, approximately 419.5 kilograms (925 lb) of water and 1,326.6 kilograms (2,925 lb) of dry cargo. The total mass of its cargo was 2,326 kilograms (5,128 lb).[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  2. ^ Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b c NASA: Progress 28 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ a b c Zak, Anatoly. "Progress cargo ship". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
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