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Vostochny spaceport receives first telemetric data from Progress spacecraft

July 03, 2015, 9:45 UTC+3 UGLEGORSK
On June 17, 2015, the Vostochny spaceport’s station, which includes a command-tracking and a mobile tracking unit, received the first telemetry data from the International Space Station
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UGLEGORSK, July 3. /TASS/. The command and tracking station of the Vostochny cosmodrome under construction in Russia’s Far East has received the first telemetric data from the Progress M-28M cargo spacecraft that was launched on Friday, representatives of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) told TASS.

Specialists of the Centre for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) and Russian Space Systems ensured the data transmission session with the Progress M-28M cargo spacecraft. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Federal Space Agency Igor Komarov and the heads of the rocket and space industry enterprises watched the spacecraft lift-off.

The antennas of a rendezvous system and solar panels of the Progress spacecraft have been successfully deployed, a commentator said earlier on Friday. At this very stage, an emergency situation at the previous cargo spacecraft occurred in late April.

Friday saw the first launch of a cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station after two crashes, namely the loss of the Progress M-27M in April and the loss of US Dragon spacecraft in June.

The freighter is due to dock with the ISS at 10.13 a.m. Moscow time (0713GMT) on July 5 in an automatic mode. The process of berthing to the Pirs docking compartment of the Russian segment of the space station will be controlled by Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko.

In case the Kurs docking navigation system fails, the docking will be carried out by one of the cosmonauts in a manual mode.

Vostochny’s command and tracking station has started operation. Excellent work of the rocket and space industry specialists at Russia’s new cosmodrome Vostochny has ensured telemetry data reception from the launched Progress spacecraft," Roscosmos chief Komarov said.

On June 17, 2015, the Vostochny spaceport’s station, which includes a command-tracking and a mobile tracking unit, received the first telemetry data from the International Space Station (ISS).

The Vostochny cosmodrome’s command and tracking station comprises a standardised technological module, a complex of antenna systems for the reception and transmission of telemetry data, hardware-software complexes and systems. The station also includes a multi-service communication and data transmission system of the automated spacecraft ground control complex, a marine tracking station and a number of command-tracking stations engaged in various regions of Russia.

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