Progress M-53

Progress M-53 (Russian: Прогресс М-53), identified by NASA as Progress 18 or 18P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 353.[1]

Progress M-53
Progress M-53 approaching the ISS
Mission typeISS resupply
COSPAR ID2005-021A
SATCAT no.28700
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeProgress-M 11F615A55
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date16 June 2005, 23:09:34 (2005-06-16UTC23:09:34Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Decay date7 September 2005, 14:12:40 (2005-09-07UTC14:12:41Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Docking portZvezda Aft
Docking date19 June 2005, 00:41:31 UTC
Undocking date7 September 2005, 10:25:57 UTC
Time docked3 months
Progress ISS Resupply

Progress M-53 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 23:09:34 GMT on 16 June 2005.[1] The spacecraft docked with the Aft port of the Zvezda module at 00:41:31 GMT on 19 June.[2][3] The docking was conducted using the backup TORU system, under the control of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov, due to a power failure at one of the spacecraft's ground control stations.[4] It remained docked for three months before undocking at 10:25:57 GMT on 7 September 2005[2] to make way for Progress M-54.[4] It was deorbited at 13:26:00 GMT on 7 September 2005.[2] The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 14:12:40 GMT.[2][5]

Progress M-53 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research.

See also


  1. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  2. Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-53"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  3. Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  4. Zak, Anatoly. "Progress cargo ship". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  5. McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
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