We have a record – 100 000 orbits by International Space Station !

Small celebration on International Space Station – ISS broke Mir space station record, which before it’s decommissioning, reached number of 86331 orbits. International Space Station passed yesterday in the morning 100000th orbit. It is historical moment for remaining in space since launch of first module Zarya (which was launched on atop of Proton rocket on 20 November 1998) […]

Dragon started its journey to Earth !

SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 started its return to Earth with biological material from science experiments performed in International Space Station. Another mission performed under CRS program reaches the end. Dragon robotic spacecraft was undocked today using Canadarm2 successfully from International Space Station; operation was performed without any involvement of Tim Peake (ESA) which was designated as […]

BEAM module attached !

Bigelow Aerospace BEAM inflated module was correctly attached after extracting yesterday from Dragon spacecraft cargo module. Yesterday, on April 16, 2016, BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) was attached to a berthing port on the aft side of the Tranquility module on 09:36 GMT. Operators remaining in ground control center send commands for Canadarm2 robotic arm to reach […]

Dragon docked, CRS-8 finished with success

Today SpaceX Dragon docked securely to International Space Station Harmony module. It is third visit of the spacecraft on ISS during last two weeks. At 11:31 GMT Dragon reached 63 m distance and started final approach to keeping point on 30 m from flying over South Africa International Space Station. Reaching keeping point was estimated […]

Falcon static fire complete, BEAM packed and ready to flight

SpaceX is preparing their third mission in 2016 – CRS-contracted flight to International Space Station. Good news from SpaceX – everything is going according to plan before launch planned for Friday, 8th April 2016 on 20:43 GMT. Static fire test was performed today by SpaceX specialists at night in Cape Canaveral. Rocket was placed on launch […]

Morning docking – Cygnus delivered 3400 kg of supplies to ISS !

Cygnus automatic cargo spacecraft, SS “Rick Husband”, reached International Space Station after lasting 72 hours space journey. It was first mission realized under CRS contract by Orbital ATK in 2016. OA-6 mission was previously scheduled for February 2016, but due the spotted cargo contamination, mission was delayed to March 22, 2016. After successful launch by […]

Busy days on International Space Station !

It seems that crew members on International Space Station have busy time even more than usual. To planned duties they had to add checking leaking suit used by Tim Kopra on recent spacewalk. Recently life on ISS became more excited than usual due the leaking spacesuit worn by Tim Kopra during 192nd spacewalk. To remind, on 15th […]

Busy time before Christmas – surprizing EVA for servicing ISS

It seems that crew on International Space Station will spent time before Christmas not on the wrapping presents. NASA announced on 18 December 2015 about necessity of spacewalk performed on ISS. It is not planned EVA – after last spacewalk for repair cooling system of the ISS (which took place on 6 November, 2015 – […]

Cygnus debut in 2016 – logistic mission to ISS planned on 30th March 2016

Atlas V (there is possibility of utilizing Antares rocket) with Cygnus atop will resupply ISS on 30th March 2016. Launch is planned from launch site SLC-41 in Cape Canaveral. Orbital Science is second after SpaceX American Company realizing supply missions to ISS. It is quite interesting to compare products of two commercial companies, especially due the […]