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Feb 17 2015

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Russians send 60th Progress cargo ship to ISS

First Progress launch was in August of 2000.

I thought it would be interesting to compare the first Progress capsule against this last one to see how much it had evolved over the past 15 years.

According to Gunter, these were the characteristics of Progress M1:

  • Maximum Pressurized Cargo: 1800 kg
  • Cargo Volume 6.6 m3
  • Maximum Water: Cargo Module
  • Maximum Air or Oxygen: 40 kg
  • Maximum Refueling Module Propellant: 1700 kg
  • ISM Propellant Surplus available to Station: 185 – 250 kg
  • Trash Disposal in Cargo Module: up to 1600 kg
  • Waste Water: Cargo Module
  • Propulsion: KTDU-80 (S5.80)
  • Mass: 7250 kg
  • Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries

and here are the stats on the Progress M1M-28M:

  • Max cargo of 2350kg
  • Maximum Pressurized Cargo: 1800 kg
  • Cargo Volume 6.6 m3
  • Maximum Water 420 kg
  • Maximum Air or Oxygen: 50 kg
  • Maximum Refueling Module Propellant: 850 kg
  • ISM Propellant Surplus available to Station: 250 kg
  • Trash Disposal in Cargo Module: up to 1600 kg
  • Waste Water 400 kg

Hmmmm…the biggest differences seem to be more air and less fuel (which is probably why they only do 6 hour shots to the ISS instead of 2 or 3 day trips).

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