Start ILV Soyuz-U with THC Progress M-20M and docking with the ISS

July 28 at 00.45 Moscow time from the launch complex area 31 Baikonur starting calculations of rocket-space industry conducted a successful launch Vehicle (ILV) "Soyuz-U" to transport cargo vehicle (THC) "Progress." M-20M "

After 529 seconds of flight THC "Progress M-20M" cleanly separated from the third stage rocket orbiting satellite.

 

The space cargo ship "Progress M-20M" docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in the automatic mode, the ship delivered cargo to the station for a "fast" a six-hour scheme, told RIA Novosti the Russian Federal Space Agency.

"Docking performed nominally in automatic mode," — said the source.

Russian cargo ship brought to the ISS components of fuel, oxygen, equipment for scientific experiments, medical care facilities, food and water in the tanks of the "Spring", books, gifts and other parcels for the ISS crew — totaling nearly 2.4 tons of cargo.

Currently, the ISS are Russian cosmonauts watch Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin and Fyodor Yurchikhin, U.S. astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Karen Nyberg, and an Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

The six-hour flight, "Progress M-20M" flew to the ISS on the "short" a six-hour scheme. Cargo ship "Progress M-19M" made it to the ISS two days. The previous three cargo ships — "Progress M-16M", "Progress M-17M" and "Progress M-18M" — brought to the station weights in six hours instead of the usual two days. Prior to the "Progress M-16M" (which first flew to the ISS on a "short" circuit in August 2012), all cargo ships flew to the ISS on a two-night scheme.

"Short" scheme was tested on cargo ships, then to test it during the flight of manned spacecraft "Soyuz". To date, two manned "Soyuz" successfully flew to the ISS on a "short" circuit.
The story starts Before the arrival of the "Progress M-20M" to the ISS was not docked any Russian "truck." "Progress M-18M" undocked, reduced from orbit and splashed down in the non-navigational area of the Pacific Ocean on July 26. Now docked to the station European cargo spacecraft ATV-4 "Albert Einstein."

Launches cargo spacecraft "Progress" held since 1972. Only one start ended in failure: Ship "Progress M-12M" faded August 24, 2011 as a result of failure of the rocket "Soyuz-U".

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