Progress M-63

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Progress M-63
Progress M-63.jpg
Progress M-63 approaching the ISS
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2008-004A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress-M 11F615A55
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date 5 February 2008, 13:02 (2008-02-05UTC13:02Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 7 April 2008, 12:36 (2008-04-07UTC12:37Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Docking port Pirs
Docking date 7 February 2008, 14:38 UTC
Undocking date 7 April 2008, 08:49 UTC
Time docked 2 months

Progress M-63, identified by NASA as Progress 28 or 28P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 363.

Progress M-63 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 13:02 GMT on 5 February 2008.[1] The spacecraft docked with the Pirs module at 14:38 GMT on 7 February.[2] Pirs had been vacated by the departure of Progress M-62 which had undocked on 4 February.[3] Progress M-63 successfully docked using the automated Kurs system, however cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko was standing by to guide it in using the backup manual TORU system should it have been necessary.[3] Progress M-63 remained docked for two months before undocking at 08:49 GMT on 7 April 2008.[4] It was deorbited at 11:50 GMT on 7 April 2008.[4] The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 12:36 GMT.[4][5]

Progress M-63 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research. Its cargo consisted of over 528.5 kilograms (1,165 lb) of propellant, 46 kilograms (101 lb) of oxygen and air, approximately 419.5 kilograms (925 lb) of water and 1,326.6 kilograms (2,925 lb) of dry cargo. The total mass of its cargo was 2,326 kilograms (5,128 lb).[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-06-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c NASA: Progress 28
  4. ^ a b c Zak, Anatoly. "Progress cargo ship". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-05.