Progress M-24
A Progress-M spacecraft
Mission typeMir resupply
COSPAR ID1994-052A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.23215
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeProgress-M 11F615A55
ManufacturerNPO Energia
Launch mass7,250 kilograms (15,980 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date25 August 1994, 14:25:12 (1994-08-25UTC14:25:12Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Decay date4 October 1994, 22:43 (1994-10-04UTC22:44Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6 degrees
Docking with Mir
Docking portCore Forward
Docking date2 September 1994, 13:30:28 UTC
Undocking date4 October 1994, 18:55:52 UTC
Time docked32.2 days

Progress M-24 (Russian: Прогресс М-24) was a Russian uncrewed cargo spacecraft which was launched in 1994 to resupply the Mir space station;[1] causing minor damage to the station as the result of a collision during a failed attempt to dock.


The forty-second of sixty four Progress spacecraft to visit Mir, M-24 used the Progress-M 11F615A55 configuration,[2] and had the serial number 224.[3] It carried supplies including food, water and oxygen for the EO-16 crew aboard Mir, as well as equipment for conducting scientific research, and fuel for adjusting the station's orbit and performing manoeuvres. Amongst its cargo were two new spacesuits, three fire extinguishers, oxygen candles, and equipment to facilitate repairs to Mir's life support system.[1][4]


Progress M-24 was launched at 14:25:12 UTC on 25 August 1994, atop a Soyuz-U carrier rocket flying from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.[3] Following two days of free flight, it approached the forward port of Mir's core module on 27 August, however an attempt to dock with the station failed. A second attempt was made on 30 August, however this also failed, with the Progress colliding with the space station. Following these failures of the automated docking system, a manual docking using TORU, under the control of cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, was performed at 13:30:28 on 2 September.[4][5][6]

Progress M-24 undocked from Mir at 18:55:52 UTC on 4 October 1994, manoeuvring away from the station and beginning a deorbit burn at 21:44.[5] The spacecraft was destroyed during reentry over the Pacific Ocean at 22:43:00.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Progress M-24". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Progress-M 1 - 13, 15 - 37, 39 - 67 (11F615A55, 7KTGM)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-24"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Mir EO-16". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 24 August 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2012.