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 launched to orbit, CRS-11 in progress

SpaceX managed to deliver to orbit their cargo Dragon spacecraft on the top of the Falcon-9FT rocket. It was 100th launch from Launch Site 39A, eleventh mission contracted under CRS program and second Dragon flight in 2017. Rocket was launched from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. After two days of delay caused by […]

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 […]

Cygnus OA-7 delivered to orbit !

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in 401 version delivered to orbit Orbital ATK Cygnus robotic cargo spacecraft with resupply mission to International Space Station. Cygnus spacecraft reached space on the top of the flagship rocket of United Launch Alliance. Atlas V in 401 configuration (with four meter fairing, no boosters and single engine installed […]

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 […]

Cygnus OA-7 mission delayed for at least two weeks

Launch was originally planned to March 9, but it was already postponed two times. Previously delay was caused by problems with one from hydraulic subsystems of the booster; ULA announced that Cygnus should be delivered to orbit on March 27. Now it seems that SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral will not be in use for at […]

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 […]

Progress MS-05 after first 24 hours in space

Yesterday Progress MS-05 robotic cargo spacecraft was delivered to orbit by Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. It was probably last time when we could see Soyuz-U as launch vehicle during mission of Progress spacecraft.  This time there was no problems and Soyuz-U perfectly reach assumed altitude and deployed Progress MS-05 spacecraft. It is worth to remind […]

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 […]