Progress MS-01

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Progress MS-01
ISS-48 Progress MS-01 Undocking and Redocking Test (3).jpg
Mission typeISS resupply
COSPAR ID2015-080A
SATCAT no.41177
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeProgress-MS No.431[1]
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date21 December 2015, 08:44:39 UTC[2][3]
RocketSoyuz 2.1a[4]
Launch siteBaikonur 31/6
End of mission
Decay dateJuly 3, 2016 at 7:03 UTC
Docking with ISS
Docking portPirs nadir
Docking date23 December 2015, 10:27 UTC[5]
Undocking date2 July 2016, 23:48 UTC[6]
Time docked192 days
Progress ISS Resupply

Progress MS-01 (Russian: Прогресс МС-01), identified by NASA as Progress 62 or 62P is a Progress spacecraft used by Roskosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) during 2015. It was launched on December 21, 2015, to deliver cargo to the ISS. Progress MS-1 is the first vehicle in the Progress-MS series.[7]


The launch was initially scheduled for 21 November 2015.[8] Progress MS-1 was launched on 21 December 2015 at 08:44:39 UTC[3] from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Progress MS-1 docked with the Pirs docking compartment on 23 December 2015 at 10:27 UTC.[5]


The Progress MS spacecraft has upgraded communications and electronics from previous Progress vehicles. After launch, ground controllers were able to communicate the Progress MS via a Russian Luch data relay satellite in geosynchronous orbit. This was described as the first time a Progress or Soyuz spacecraft had such capability.[9]

Other upgrades include:

  • Upgraded Kurs-A rendezvous system designated Kurs-NA, including new antennas
  • Upgraded flight control system that can take advantage of the GLONASS navigation satellites for the first time, for autonomous trajectory measurements
  • New digital television system, which replaced an older analog TV, allowing transmission between the transport ship and the space station via onboard radio channels.
  • New digital backup control unit
  • Enhanced meteoroid shielding
  • New LED-based lighting system
  • Upgraded angular velocity sensors
  • Docking port equipped with a backup electric driving mechanism

Progress MS-1 was launched on a Soyuz-2, the first launch of the rocket since the failed launch of Progress M-27M. The Soyuz-U rocket was used for subsequent Progress flights until this flight.[10]


The upper stage reentry was visible over Arizona and Nevada on December 22 at 5:30 UTC.

The spacecraft initiated the de-orbit maneuver on July 3, 2016 at 7:03 UTC, with an expected landing of any possible debris on the Pacific Ocean by 7:50. UTC


  1. ^ "Progress-MS 1 - 8". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "International Space Station Calendar". 2015-10-04. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Launches and Orbital Operations". Zarya. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Progress-MS 1 - 8". 2015-10-04. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b Rincon, Paul (23 December 2015). "ISS crew receives Christmas delivery". BBC News. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ Zak, Anatoly (July 3, 2016). "First Progress-MS ends its mission". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Progress-MS to be Launched on December 21". 2015-10-04. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ Nowakowski, Tomasz (29 October 2015). "Russia postpones maiden flight of its Progress-MS spacecraft". Spaceflight Insider. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ Zak, Anatoly (23 December 2015). "Soyuz rocket flies critical test mission with Progress-MS". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ Zak, Anatoly (23 December 2015). "Soyuz rocket flies critical test mission with Progress-MS". Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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