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Progress M-36



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 M36 was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 15:08 UT to dock with and deliver 3,000 kg of fuel, water, and equipment (including a new replacement computer) to the MIR space station. It orbited around for three days waiting the (eventual) undocking of the earlier Progress M35 and then successfully made an automatic docking at the vacated port on October 8. It also carried a German mini-satellite, Inspector, to be used in inspecting the outer surface of the damaged MIR and a replica of the first Soviet satellite, Sputnik 1.

Alternate Names

  • 25002
  • ProgressM-36

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1997-10-05
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Russian Space Agency (Russia)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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