Progress M-10M

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Progress M-10M
Progress M-10M.jpg
Progress M-10M approaches the ISS on April 29, 2011
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2011-017A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress-M 11F615A60
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date 27 April 2011, 13:05:21 (2011-04-27UTC13:05:21Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 29 October 2011, 13:00 (2011-10-29UTC14Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Docking port Pirs Nadir
Docking date 29 April 2011, 14:29 UTC
Undocking date 29 October 2011, 09:04 UTC
Time docked 180 days, 18 hours, 35 minutes
Pressurised 1,349 kilograms (2,974 lb)
Fuel 879 kilograms (1,938 lb)
Gaseous 50 kilograms (110 lb)
Water 420 kilograms (930 lb)
Progress 42P re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

Progress M-10M (Russian: Прогресс М-10М), identified by NASA as Progress 42 or 42P, is a Progress spacecraft which was launched on 27 April 2011 to resupply the International Space Station.[1][2] It was the tenth Progress-M 11F615A60 spacecraft to be launched, and has the serial number 410. The spacecraft was manufactured by RKK Energia, and is operated by the Russian Federal Space Agency. On 29 April 2011 it arrived at the space station's Pirs Docking Compartment during Expedition 27.[3]


Progress M-10M lifted off from launch pad number 1 of the Baikonur cosmodrome at 13:05 UTC on 27 April 2011. Progress M-10M achieved the preliminary planned orbit after nine minutes of the launch. Onboard commands were issued to unfurl the spacecraft's communications and navigation antennas and extend two power-generating solar arrays. A series of engine firings over the next two days guided the spacecraft toward a linkup with the International Space Station (ISS).


Progress M-10M autonomously flew for two days after the launch and arrived at the ISS on 29 April 2011, successfully docking to the nadir port of the Pirs at 14:19 UTC.[4] The docking occurred as the two spacecraft were traveling 220 miles (354 kilometers) over western Mongolia. The linkup happened just over five hours before NASA's first launch attempt of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-134 mission. The shuttle launch was scrubbed because two heaters on one of Endeavour's auxiliary power units failed.



Total cargo mass delivered: 2645 kg

Item description [5] Mass (kg)
Propellant in the propulsion system tanks for the ISS needs 250
Propellant in the refuelling system tanks 627
Oxygen 51
Water in the Rodnik system tanks 420
Items in the cargo compartment 1297
Gas supply system 24
Water supply system 20
Thermal control system 14
On-board hardware control system 12
Individual protection items 62
Maintenance and repair equipment 10
Sanitary and hygienic items 118
Food containers, fresh products 192
Medical equipment, linen, personal hygienic and prophylactics items 94
Science experimental hardware, including experimental items 141
Russian crew's items 88
On-board documentation files, crew provisions, video- and photo-equipment 22
FGB-hardware 54
US Orbital Segment hardware 444

Undocking and decay[edit]

Progress M-10M departs the ISS on 29 October 2011.

Progress M-10M undocked nominally at 9:04 GMT on 29 October 2011 from the Nadir port of the Pirs Docking Compartment after hooks open command at 9:01 GMT. An automated 15 seconds separation burn followed at 9:07 GMT. The cargo ship, loaded with trash, performed its 3 minute deorbit burn at 12:10:30 GMT. It entered the Earth's atmosphere at 12:48 PM GMT and burned up at 12:54 PM GMT. Surviving debris impacted in the Pacific Ocean at around 13:00 GMT.

With the Progress M-10M undocking, the Space Station was in a very rare configuration of having only one Russian vehicle docked (Soyuz TMA-02M at Rassvet Module). The last time this situation occurred was in March 2009.


  1. ^ Justin Ray (2011-04-27). "Space station resupply ship launched ahead of Endeavour". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  2. ^ Peter Harding (2011-04-27). "Progress M-10M launches on cargo run to International Space Station". Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  3. ^ Mu Xuequan (29 April 2011). "Russian Progress cargo ship docks with ISS". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Staff (29 April 2011). "Russian Cargo Ship Docks at Space Station Ahead of Shuttle Launch". Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Russian Federal Space Agency (2011-04-29). "Рrogress M-10M to Arrive at the ISS Today". Retrieved 2011-04-30. 

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