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Robert Pearlman
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Progress M-21M set for launch to station

Russia's Progress M-21M resupply craft is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Monday (Nov. 25) at 2:53 p.m. CST (2053 GMT; 2:53 a.m. Kazakh time Nov. 26) two day flight to the International Space Station (ISS).


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The Progress, the 53rd Russian unmanned craft to bring supplies to the ISS, will pass within a mile of the station on Wednesday (Nov. 27) to test an upgraded automated rendezvous system, then return for docking Friday (Nov. 29).

The Progress M-21M craft is scheduled to complete its automated docking to the aft port of the space station's Zvezda service module at 4:28 p.m. CST (2228 GMT) Nov. 29. It is loaded with nearly three tons of food, fuel, supplies and experiments for the six crew members living aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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Progress M-21M launches for space station

A Russian Progress freighter loaded with nearly three tons of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts for the International Space Station's (ISS) Expedition 38 crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:53 p.m. CST Monday (2:53 a.m. Tuesday, Kazakh time).

During its four-day journey to the orbiting complex, the ISS Progress 53 cargo ship will conduct a "flyby" of the station to test an enhanced docking system for future Russian spacecraft.

At the time of launch, the station was flying about 260 miles over southern Russia, near the northeast border with Kazakhstan.

Progress M-21M, which along with its Soyuz booster was rolled out to Baikonur's Site 31 launch pad on Saturday, is delivering 1,763 pounds of propellant, 48 pounds of oxygen, 57 pounds of air, 925 pounds of water and 3,119 pounds of spare parts and experiment hardware to the station.

Once the Progress reached its preliminary orbit nine minutes after launch and deployed its solar arrays, it was set to begin a series of automated engine burns to put it on track to fly within one mile of the station on Wednesday.

That close encounter "flyby" Wednesday at 3:53 p.m. CST (2153 GMT) will test lighter, more-efficient Kurs automated rendezvous system hardware for upgraded Soyuz and Progress vehicles.

After it finishes its "flyby," the Progress will loop above and behind the station, returning Friday for a docking to the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 4:28 p.m. CST (2228 GMT).

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Progress M-21M docks with space station

A Russian space freighter docked to the aft port of the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module at 4:30 p.m. CST (2230 GMT) on Friday (Nov. 29), delivering almost three tons of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts for the Expedition 38 crew.

The Progress M-21M cargo ship, which launched Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, performed an automated approach to the station using upgraded Kurs automated rendezvous equipment. The on-orbit performance of the new Kurs hardware was tested earlier by Russian flight controllers during a flyby of the station Wednesday during which the Progress came to within one mile of the orbiting complex.

The lighter, revamped Kurs system will be integrated into advanced Progress and piloted Soyuz vehicles in the future.

When the Progress was about 200 feet (60 meters) from the docking port, it went into an unexpected station keeping mode. Expedition 38 commander Oleg Kotov took over manual control of the vehicle using TORU, the telerobotically operated docking system, and guided the vehicle in for a successful docking.

At the time of docking, the station was flying about 260 miles (420 km) over Kazakhstan.

On Saturday, the crew will open the hatch to the Progress to begin unloading its cargo. Progress M-21M is filled with 2.9 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the space station crew, including 1,763 pounds of propellant, 48 pounds of oxygen, 57 pounds of air, 925 pounds of water and 3,119 pounds of spare parts, experiment hardware and holiday gifts.

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