Progress MS-08

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Progress MS-08
Progress MS-08 docks to ISS (2).jpg
Progress MS-08 approaches
the ISS on 15 February 2018.
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorRoscosmos
COSPAR ID2018-019A
SATCAT no.43211
Mission duration197 days
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftProgress MS-08 s/n 438
Spacecraft typeProgress-MS
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7430 kg
Payload mass2494 kg
Start of mission
Launch date13 February 2018,
08:13:33 UTC [1]
RocketSoyuz-2.1a s/n U15000-030
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 31/6
ContractorProgress Rocket Space Centre
End of mission
DisposalDeorbited
Decay date30 August 2018
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude193.1 km
Apogee altitude241.2 km
Inclination51.67°
Period88.55 minutes
Epoch13 February 2018
Docking with ISS
Docking portZvezda
Docking date15 February 2018, 10:38 UTC
Undocking date23 August 2018, 02:16 UTC
Time docked188 days
Cargo
Mass2494 kg
Pressurised1388 kg
Fuel640 kg
Gaseous46 kg
Water420 kg
Progress ISS Resupply
 

Progress MS-08 (Russian: Прогресс МC-08), identified by NASA as Progress 69P, is a Progress spacecraft used by Roscosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

History[edit]

The Progress-MS is a uncrewed freighter based on the Progress-M featuring improved avionics. This improved variant first launched on 21 December 2015. It has the following improvements:[2][3][4]

  • New external compartment that enables it to deploy satellites. Each compartment can hold up to four launch containers. First time installed on Progress MS-03.
  • Enhanced redundancy thanks to the addition of a backup system of electrical motors for the docking and sealing mechanism.
  • Improved Micrometeoroid (MMOD) protection with additional panels in the cargo compartment.
  • Luch Russian relay satellites link capabilities enable telemetry and control even when not in direct view of ground radio stations.
  • GNSS autonomous navigation enables real time determination of the status vector and orbital parameters dispensing with the need of ground station orbit determination.
  • Real time relative navigation thanks to direct radio data exchange capabilities with the space station.
  • New digital radio that enables enhanced TV camera view for the docking operations.
  • The Ukrainian Chezara Kvant-V on board radio system and antenna/feeder system has been replaced with a Unified Command Telemetry System (UCTS).
  • Replacement of the Kurs A with Kurs NA digital system.

Launch[edit]

Progress MS-08 launched on 13 February 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-2.1a rocket, at 08:13:33 UTC.[1]

Docking[edit]

Progress MS-08 docked on 15 February 2018 with the aft docking port of the Zvezda module, at 10:38 UTC.[1][5]

Cargo[edit]

The Progress MS-08 spacecraft delivered 2,494 kg of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station. The following is a breakdown of cargo bound for the ISS:[3][5]

  • Dry cargo: 1,390 kg
  • Fuel: 890 kg
  • Oxygen and Air: 46 kg
  • Water: 430 kg

Progress MS-08 also includes two nanosatellites: Tanyusha YuZGU-3 (1998-067PJ) and Tanyusha YuZGU-4 (1998-067PK) (a.k.a. Radioskaf RS-8 and Radioskaf RS-9) with a mass of 2.5 kg, which was developed jointly by RKK Energia and students at the South-Western State University, YuZGU, in the city of Kursk. The satellites will be launched by spacewalking cosmonauts.

Undocking and decay[edit]

Undocking on 23 August 2018, at 02:16 UTC. And decay in the atmosphere and its debris entered the Pacific Ocean, on 30 August 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chris Gebhardt, William Graham and Chris Bergin (15 February 2018). "Progress MS-08 docks with ISS". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 15 February 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Krebs, Gunter (1 December 2015). "Progress-MS 01-19". Gunter’s Space Page. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Progress MS-08". NSSDCA. NASA. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Zak, Anatoly (13 February 2018). "Progress-MS". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly (15 February 2018). "Progress MS-08 arrives at ISS". russianspaceweb.com. russianspaceweb. Retrieved 30 August 2018.