Progress 1

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Progress 1
Progress drawing.png
A Progress 7K-TG spacecraft
Mission type Salyut 6 resupply
COSPAR ID 1978-008A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress 7K-TG
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Start of mission
Launch date 20 January 1978, 08:24:40 (1978-01-20UTC08:24:40Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur Site 31/6
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 8 February 1978, 02:45 (1978-02-08UTC02:46Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 324 kilometres (201 mi)[1]
Apogee 344 kilometres (214 mi)[1]
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with Salyut 6
Docking port Aft
Docking date 22 January 1978, 10:12:14 UTC
Undocking date 6 February 1978, 05:54 UTC
Time docked 14.8 days

Progress 1 was a Soviet unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft which was launched in 1978 to resupply the Salyut 6 space station. It was the maiden flight of the Progress spacecraft, and used the Progress 7K-TG configuration. It carried supplies for the EO-1 crew aboard Salyut 6, which consisted of Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Romanenko and Georgi Grechko. The cargo carried by Progress 1 also included equipment for conducting scientific research, and fuel for adjusting the station's orbit and performing manoeuvres.


Main article: Progress 7K-TG

Progress 1 was a Progress 7K-TG spacecraft. The first of forty three to be launched,[2] it had the serial number 102.[3] The Progress 7K-TG spacecraft was the first generation Progress, derived from the Soyuz 7K-T and intended for unmanned logistics missions to space stations in support of the Salyut programme.[4] The spacecraft were also used on some missions to adjust the orbit of the space station.[5]

The Progress spacecraft had a dry mass of 6,520 kilograms (14,370 lb), which increased to around 7,020 kilograms (15,480 lb) when fully fuelled. It measured 7.48 metres (24.5 ft) in length, and 2.72 metres (8 ft 11 in) in diameter. Each spacecraft could accommodate up to 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) of payload, consisting of dry cargo and propellant. The spacecraft were powered by chemical batteries, and could operate in free flight for up to three days, remaining docked to the station for up to thirty.[4][5]

Launch and docking[edit]

Progress 1 was launched at 08:24:40 UTC on 20 January 1978, atop a Soyuz-U 11A511U carrier rocket flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. The rocket that launched it had the serial number E15000-075.[6] Following launch, Progress 1 was given the COSPAR designation 1978-008A, whilst NORAD assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 10603.[7]

Following launch, Progress 1 began two days of free flight. It subsequently docked with the aft port of the Salyut 6 space station at 10:12:14 UTC on 22 January.[4][8] When the Progress spacecraft docked, the station's other docking port was occupied by the Soyuz 27 spacecraft.[9]


Progress 1 was the first of twelve Progress spacecraft used to supply the Salyut 6 space station between 1978 and 1981.[7] Its payload of 2,300 kilograms (5,100 lb) consisted of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of propellant and oxygen,[10] as well as 1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb) of food, replacement parts, scientific instruments, and other supplies.[9] Whilst Progress 1 was docked, the EO-1 crew, consisting of cosmonauts Yuri Romanenko and Georgi Grechko, was aboard the station.[11] Progress 1 demonstrated the capability to refuel a spacecraft on orbit, critical for long-term station operations.[12] Once the cosmonauts had unloaded the cargo delivered by Progress 1, they loaded refuse onto the freighter for disposal.

On 6 February 1978, Progress 1 was catalogued in a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 324 kilometres (175 nmi) and an apogee of 344 kilometres (186 nmi), inclined at 51.6 degrees and with a period of 91.21 minutes.[1] Progress 1 undocked from Salyut 6 at 05:54 UTC on 6 February.[8] It remained in orbit for two more days, finally being deorbited to a destructive reentry over the Pacific Ocean at around 02:00 UTC on 8 February.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Progress 1 - 42 (11F615A15, 7K-TG)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Wade, Mark. "Progress". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Hall, Rex D.; Shayler, David J. (2003). Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft. Springer-Praxis. pp. 239–250. ISBN 1-85233-657-9. 
  6. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch List". Launch Vehicle Database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Progress 1". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress-1"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  9. ^ a b D.S.F.Portree (1995). "Mir Hardware Heritage" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Hall, Rex D.; Shayler, David J. (2003). Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft. Springer-Praxis. p. 272. ISBN 1-85233-657-9. 
  11. ^ "Salyut 6 EO-1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "First Expedition to Salyut 6 - Sep 1977 to Mar 1978". Zarya. Retrieved 20 February 2016.