Progress M-16M atop Hurricane Leslie
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Progress-M 11F615A60|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||1 August 2012, 19:35:13UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur Site 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||9 February 2013, 17:05UTC|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking date||2 August 2012, 01:18 UTC|
|Undocking date||9 February 2013, 13:16 UTC|
|Time docked||191 days, 11 hours, 57 minutes|
Progress M-16M (Russian: Прогресс М-16М), identified by NASA as Progress 48 or 48P, is a Progress spacecraft used by Roskosmos to resupply the International Space Station during 2012. The sixteenth Progress-M 11F615A60 spacecraft, it has the serial number 416 and was built by RKK Energia.
It was the 126th launch to the ISS and the fifteenth Russian space launch in 2012. It was also the seventh mission for the Soyuz family of rockets since the beginning of the year.
The spacecraft was launched on time at 19:35:13 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Ten minutes after liftoff, the Soyuz-U Rocket carrying Progress M-16M successfully delivered the spacecraft to orbit to begin its International Space Station (ISS) Resupply Mission.
Progress M-16M debuted the use of a fast approach rendezvous profile that saw the spacecraft docking on its fourth orbit, as opposed to docking about 50 hours after launch on previous Progress flights. This profile allows the transportation of critical biological payloads to the ISS. After testing on Progress flights, the same rendezvous profile is being used on manned Soyuz flights to reduce crew fatigue.
Undocking and decay
Progress M-16M departed the Pirs Docking Compartment at 13:15:27 GMT on February 9, 2013 performing a nominal undocking to begin a very short free flight.
Progress M-16M was packed with 1397 kilograms of equipment, food, clothing, life support system gear ("dry" cargo), 680 kilograms of propellant to replenish reservoirs that feed the Russian maneuvering thrusters, 420 kilograms of water and 47 kilograms of oxygen and air.
- Pete Harding (1 August 2012). "Progress M-16M launches to test new fast rendezvous with ISS". NASAspaceflight.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- James Oberg (1 August 2012). "Russia Tests Quick Trip to Space Station". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved 2 August 2012.