Progress M-4

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Progress M-4
Mission type Mir resupply
COSPAR ID 1990-072A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress-M 11F615A55
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Launch mass 7,250 kilograms (15,980 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 15 August 1990, 04:00:41 (1990-08-15UTC04:00:41Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U2
Launch site Baikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 20 September 1990, 11:42:49 (1990-09-20UTC11:42:50Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 368 kilometres (229 mi)[1]
Apogee 403 kilometres (250 mi)[1]
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with Mir
Docking port Core Forward
Docking date 17 August 1990, 05:26:13 UTC
Undocking date 17 September 1990, 12:42:43 UTC
Time docked 1 month

Progress M-4 was a Soviet unmanned cargo spacecraft which was launched in 1990 to resupply the Mir space station.[2] The twenty-second of sixty four Progress spacecraft to visit Mir, it used the Progress-M 11F615A55 configuration, and had the serial number 204.[3] It carried supplies including food, water and oxygen for the EO-7 crew aboard Mir, as well as equipment for conducting scientific research, and fuel for adjusting the station's orbit and performing manoeuvres.

Progress M-4 was launched at 04:00:41 GMT on 15 August 1990, atop a Soyuz-U2 carrier rocket flying from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.[3] It docked with the forward port of Mir's Core module at 05:26:13 GMT on 17 August.[4][5]

During the month for which Progress M-4 was docked, Mir was in an orbit of around 368 by 403 kilometres (199 by 218 nmi), inclined at 51.6 degrees.[1] Progress M-4 undocked from Mir at 12:42:43 GMT on 17 September, and was deorbited three days later on 20 September, with the deorbit burn starting at 11:04:27.[4] It burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 11:42:49.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Progress M-4". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b c Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-4"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-08-27. [dead link]