ISS prepared for return of Soyuz TMA-19M !

On June 6, 2016, International Space Station performed successful orbit correction before planned for 18th June 2016. Changing orbit was necessary before planned for 18th June 2016 undocking and return to Earth of members of Expedition 47: NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra, ESA astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko from Roscosmos. New orbital position is […]

Antares after static test-Orbital ATK prepares for resuming flights

On May 31, 2016, first stage of Orbital ATK Antares rocket passed static fire test of first stage. Test was performed in NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. This was first time for Antares to visit Wallops Island in Virginia since disaster on 28 October 2014. Rocket was delivered to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A which is placed […]

Flocks in space – 16 Cubesats starts space mission from Kibo module

Tonight International Space Station crew will finish deploying 16 Flock Cubesat satellites from Kibo module. After inflating BEAM module on Saturday and monitoring air pressure and possible leaks inside new module, crew of ISS started this week with deploying fleet of 16 Cubesat satellites. Since Monday 30 May, 2016, crew members are deploying Flock nanosatellites belonging to […]

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) […]

Antares static test fire maybe next week !

Orbital ATK is still continuing development of their in house designed launch vehicle – Antares rocket; Company is considering July 2016 as most possible date for first launch since disaster in 2014. Antares failed launch which took place on 28 October 2014 in Wallops Flight Facility did not stopped participation of Orbital ATK in Commercial Resupply Service […]

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 […]

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 […]

United Launch Alliance – problems with Atlas V during OA-6 unsuccessfully silenced

United Launch Alliance had problems during last launch of RD-180 engine in the first stage of their Atlas V rocket; they were not given to public during live broadcast on 23 March 2016. Luckily for ULA, Centaur upper stage gave its best and Cygnus is on its way to International Space Station. During live broadcast from mission OA-6 contracted for […]

Cygnus launched successfully !

Yesterday according to EDT time or today according to GMT time, Cygnus with supplies for ISS was launched from SCL-41 on Cape Canaveral. Spacecraft reached space and is continuing autonomous flight to International Space Station. Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance were targeting with launch to 03:05 GMT on 23rd March 2016. Punctually at 03:05 GMT […]

Cygnus ready for OA-6 !

Today Orbital ATK Cygnus SS “Rick Husband” automatic spacecraft will be launched on atop of Atlas rocket (401 configuration) to International Space Station. CRS mission OA-6 – deliver supplies for six crew members. Start of the Atlas rocket is planned for 03:05 GMT with 30 minutes launch window, 23rd March 2016. Start will be performed from Cape Canaveral […]