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The preparation for launching the Progress M-53 freight space ship to the ISS began on Baikonur
The preparation for launching the Progress M-53 freight space ship to the ISS began on Baikonur, its take-off is scheduled for mid-June 2005, Roscosmos (Russian federal space agency) said Friday. According to a Roscosmos press release, in the assembly-test building on one of the Baikonur pads the spacecraft was unloaded from a railway car and installed on a bench. "After the acceptance of the article and its setting, work to connect the freight space ship's supply lines to the ground systems began," the document reads. In June 2005 it is planned to make two launches from the Baikonur space center. Progress M-53 must be launched in mid-June 2005, and the Proton-K booster rocket must put the Russian Express-AM3 communication satellite into orbit at the end of June 2005. In the assembly-test building the specialists of the Khrunichev center and OKB Vympel unloaded the first stage of the booster rocket, the press release says
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