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Progress M-28

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1995-036A

Description

An improved version of cargo freighters used to supply the Mir space station, the Progress M series had greater cargo capacity, a modernized approach/docking system and carried 2 solar panels to generate electrical power. Progress M can fly for 30 days independently and 108 days docked with Mir. Spare propellent in Progress M's tanks can be transferred to Mir before it is consigned to burn up in reentry. In the past, extra fuel was abandoned with the craft. Future Progress vehicles will carry a recoverable reentry capsule for the speedy return of up to 150 kg of material from Mir to earth.

Progress M-28 was launched from the Baykonur Cosmodrome by a Soyuz-U rocket. It docked with the Mir space station on July 22, 1995 and delivered 2.4 tons of supplies. (According to the ITAR-TASS new agency, among the items delivered to Mir were 2 icons of St. Anasthasiya, the patron saint of former Yugoslavia, blessed by Patriarch Aleksiy II and Pope Paul II to bring peace among the factions.)

Alternate Names

  • 23617
  • ProgressM-28

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1995-07-20
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 7250 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)

Discipline

  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

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