OA-7 mission ends with destructive reentry burn of Cygnus spacecraft

Orbital ATK Cygnus S.S. John Glenn spacecraft finished its OA-7 mission on Sunday with destructive reentry performed week after successful unberthing from Unity Nadir berthing port. Cygnus finished its lasting 43 days mission on Sunday. Vehicle was launched from the Cape Canaveral SLC-41  on the top of the Atlas V in enhanced configuration. Spacecraft delivered […]

Dragon after docking, CRS-11 at the halfway point

Dragon robotic spacecraft reached International Space Station yesterday delivering necessary supplies and scientific payload after lasting 48 hours space chase. Dragon reached ISS docking port for the second time, as this particular vehicle already was used for CRS mission in 2014 (CRS-4). Main difference between these two missions was launch vehicle.  On Saturday, when CRS-11 […]

Cygnus docked to International Space Station for the seventh time

Orbital ATK robotic cargo spacecraft Cygnus S.S. John Glenn successfully docked to International Space Station today. It was end of lasting four days space journey for Cygnus. Seventh mission conducted by Orbital ATK under CRS contract started on 18 April when ULA Atlas V rocket in 401 configuration lifted off from Cape Canaveral with extended […]

MS-02 on Earth !

Soyuz MS-02 safely returned to Earth with flight engineer Shane Kimbrough (NASA), commander Sergey Ryzhikov (NASA) and flight engineer Andrey Borisenko (Roscosmos) today. In this way Soyuz MS-02 finished its lasting 173 days mission, which started on 19 October 2016, when spacecraft was launched from Baikonur 31/6 launch site and docked two days later to Poisk ISS module […]

ISS after another reboost and orbit correction

International Space Station performed short boost yesterday to correct its orbit before planned for following weeks undocking of Soyuz MS-02 from Poisk zenith docking port.  Crew members inside International Space Station surely are cot days before following undocking planned for 10th April. Three members of Expedition 50: Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrei Borisenko (Roscosmos) and NASA astronaut […]

Fourth EVA already begun !

Two astronauts begun their first from series of three spacewalks planned for following weeks. Today Shane Kimbrough (NASA, four EVAs in career) and Thomas Pesquet (one EVA in career) started first from two planned spacewalks planned for following days. They started their EVA  from Quest Airlock. Planned for 6.5 hours spacewalk covers following objectives: Replacing outside Multiplexers/Demultiplexers […]

Pesquet and Kimbrough after EVA-2 !

Thomas Pesquet of ESA and Shane Kimbrough of NASA finished today second ISS spacewalk in 2017 (EVA-2/Expedition 50) and performed flawlessly all tasks. This time Thomas Pesquet instead Peggy Whitson was partner of Shane Kimbrough. During 197th spacewalk in the history of International Space Station they were supported by Peggy Whitson of NASA, who helped […]

First EVA in 2017

Yesterday shortly after 12:05 UTC two astronauts left International Space Station to perform upgrades to the station’s power system. To finish all planned objectives both astronauts spent yesterday 6.5 h in space. Expedition 50 commander Shane Kimbrough and flight engineer Peggy Whitson both of NASA left Quest airlock yesterday to start second phase of modernization program of […]

HTV grabbed by Canadarm2 and berthed to Harmony module

Japanese cargo spacecraft reached International Space Station and it was perfectly grabbed by Canadarm2 robotic arm. Docking was conducted by specialists from ground control center – 4.5 t of supplies and hardware finally arrived ! Lasting for over three days space journey finished as it was planned. Japanese HTV-6 “Kounotori” was launched by JAXA on […]

ESA will continue cooperation under ISS program until 2024

It was rather sure, that ESA will participate in ISS for additional years. But official agreement finishes time of assumptions and opens next period in cooperation with NASA on Low Earth Orbit. It should not be surprising, that Charles Bolden, Administrator of the NASA, expressed his joy after official confirmation of participation of ESA in […]