Progress M-47 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 12:59:40 GMT on 2 February 2003. The spacecraft docked with the Aft port of the Zvezda module at 14:49:04 GMT on 4 February. It remained docked for almost seven months before undocking at 22:48:08 GMT on 27 August 2003 to make way for Progress M-48. It was deorbited at 01:49 GMT the next day. The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 02:37:46 GMT.
Progress M-47 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research. It was the first spacecraft to launch to the International Space Station following the loss of the Space ShuttleColumbia the day prior to the Progress module's launch, which resulted in a suspension of Shuttle flights to the Station.
Payloads are separated by bullets ( · ), launches by pipes ( | ). Manned flights are indicated in bold text. Uncatalogued launch failures are listed in italics. Payloads deployed from other spacecraft are denoted in brackets.