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Progress M-34



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-34 was launched from Baykonur by a Soyuz-V rocket at 16:04 UT. It carried 2,430 kg of cargo including 400 kg of food, 200 kg of linen and personal wares, 250 kg of scientific instruments, and many kilograms of urgently needed oxygen cartridges and three fire extinguishers; all were delivered to Mir station after automatically docking with it at 17:30 UT on 8 April, 1997.

Alternate Names

  • 24757
  • ProgressM-34

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1997-04-06
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 2430 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

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