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Progress M1-5



Progress M1-5 is a Russian automatic cargo carrier that was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur at 04:28 UT. Nick-named "Hearse", it is to deliver the 130 ton Mir station to its cremation over the southern Pacific. It carried two tons of fuel part of which was for transfer to Mir for continuous attitude/orbit maneuver so as to enable it to reach down to an altitude of 240 km, whereupon around 6 March 2001 the Progress itself will give the final push. It docked automatically with Mir at 05:30 UT on 27 Jan after a previously docked Progress M-43 was evicted from its port and commanded from the ground to crash at about the same site in southern Pacific where Mir itself will. (Six astronauts were on "Hot-Standby" to reach Mir in the event the automatic docking failed.) It is speculated that some, several-hundred kg fragments may land in the ocean, probably 3,000 km east of southern New Zealand.

Alternate Names

  • 26688
  • Hearse
  • ProgressM1-5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2001-01-24
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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