A Progress 7K-TG spacecraft
|Mission type||Salyut 6 resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Progress 7K-TG|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||7 August 1978, 22:31:22UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur Site 31/6|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||23 August 1978, 17:30UTC|
|Perigee altitude||327 kilometres (203 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||330 kilometres (210 mi)|
|Docking with Salyut 6|
|Docking date||9 August 1978, 23:59:30 UTC|
|Undocking date||21 August 1978, 15:42:50 UTC|
|Time docked||15.18 days|
Progress 3 was an unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft launched by the Soviet Union in 1978 to resupply the Salyut 6 space station. It used the Progress 7K-TG configuration, and was the third Progress mission to Salyut 6. It carried supplies for the EO-2 crew aboard Salyut 6, as well as equipment for conducting scientific research, and fuel for adjusting the station's orbit and performing manoeuvres.
Progress 3 was a Progress 7K-TG spacecraft. The third of forty three to be launched, it had the serial number 103. The Progress 7K-TG spacecraft was the first generation Progress, derived from the Soyuz 7K-T and intended for unmanned logistics missions to space stations in support of the Salyut programme. On some missions the spacecraft were also used to adjust the orbit of the space station.
The Progress spacecraft had a dry mass of 6,520 kilograms (14,370 lb), which increased to around 7,000 kilograms (15,000 lb) when fully fuelled. It measured 7.48 m (24.5 ft) in length, and 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in) in diameter. Each spacecraft could accommodate up to 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) of payload, consisting of dry cargo and propellant. The spacecraft were powered by chemical batteries, and could operate in free flight for up to three days, remaining docked to the station for up to thirty.
Launch and docking
Progress 3 was launched at 22:31:22 UTC on 7 August 1978, atop a Soyuz-U 11A511U carrier rocket flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. The rocket that launched it had the serial number ???. Following launch, Progress 3 was given the COSPAR designation 1978-077A, whilst NORAD assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number ???.
Following launch, Progress 3 began two days of free flight. It subsequently docked with the aft port of the Salyut 6 space station at 23:59:30 UTC on 9 August. At the time of its docking, Soyuz 29 was docked to the forward port of the station.
Progress 3 was the third of twelve Progress spacecraft used to supply the Salyut 6 space station between 1978 and 1981. It delivered cargo to the station, including food, fur boots, and Kovalyonok's guitar. Whilst Progress 3 was docked, Salyut 6 was manned by the EO-2 crew, consisting of cosmonauts Vladimir Kovalyonok and Aleksandr Ivanchenkov.
On 9 August 1978, whilst docked to Salyut 6, Progress 3 was catalogued in a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 190 km (100 nmi) and an apogee of 232 km (125 nmi), inclined at 51.6 degrees and with a period of 88.7 minutes. Progress 3 undocked from Salyut 6 at 15:42:50 UTC on 21 August. It remained in orbit until the late afternoon of 23 August, when it was deorbited. The deorbit burn occurred at 16:45:00 UTC, with the spacecraft undergoing a destructive reentry at around 17:30. Less than a few weeks after Progress 3 had been deorbited, Progress 4 was launched to replace it.
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