Progress M-6

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Progress M-6
Mission type Mir resupply
COSPAR ID 1991-002A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress-M 11F615A55
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Launch mass 7,250 kilograms (15,980 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 14 January 1991, 14:50:27 (1991-01-14UTC14:50:27Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U2
Launch site Baikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 15 March 1991, 18:07:26 (1991-03-15UTC18:07:27Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 358 kilometres (222 mi)[1]
Apogee 388 kilometres (241 mi)[1]
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with Mir
Docking port Kvant-1 Aft
Docking date 16 January 1991, 16:35:25 UTC
Undocking date 15 March 1991, 12:46:41 UTC
Time docked 58 days

Progress M-6 was a Soviet unmanned cargo spacecraft which was launched in 1991 to resupply the Mir space station.[2] The twenty-fourth of sixty four Progress spacecraft to visit Mir, it used the Progress-M 11F615A55 configuration,[3] and had the serial number 205.[4] It carried supplies including food, water and oxygen for the EO-8 crew aboard Mir, as well as equipment for conducting scientific research, and fuel for adjusting the station's orbit and performing manoeuvres.

Progress M-6 was launched at 14:50:27 GMT on 14 January 1991, on a Soyuz-U2 carrier rocket flying from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.[4] Following two days of free flight, it docked with the aft port of the Kvant-1 module of Mir at 16:35:25 GMT on 16 January.[5][6]

During the 58 days for which Progress M-6 was docked with it, Mir was in an orbit of around 358 by 388 kilometres (193 by 210 nmi), inclined at 51.6 degrees.[1] Progress M-6 undocked from Mir at 12:46:41 GMT on 15 March, and was deorbited a few hours later at 17:14:00.[5] It burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at around 18:07:26.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b c d McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Progress M-6". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Progress-M 1 - 13, 15 - 37, 39 - 67 (11F615A55, 7KTGM)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  5. ^ a b c Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-6"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-08-27.