- Serial Number: Progress M-59 (No.359)
- In Space: No
- Height: 7.23 m
- Diameter: 2.72 m
- Status: Single Use
The Progress M-59 spacecraft embarked on 1 flight(s), showcasing its capability of ISS & Mir Logistics, ISS & Mir Orbit Raising and designed with a flight life of 6 Months docked. Notably, it boasts a crew capacity accommodating up to Array astronauts and a payload capacity of 2600 kg.
Progress M-59 (Russian: Прогресс М-59), identified by NASA as Progress 24 or 24P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station.
Progress-M is an improved variant of the original Progress which first launched on 23 August 1989. It has the following improvements:
– 30 days of autonomous flight
– 100kg more cargo
– 150kg of return cargo using VBK-Raduga
Progress is derived from the manned Soyuz spacecraft and is launched on the same vehicle, a Soyuz rocket.
The purpose of Progress is to deliver supplies needed to sustain human presence in orbit. Currently it is used as a re-supply spacecraft for the ISS.
Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)
The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.