Surprising problems during MS-04 mission – Progress lost !

Mission of the Progress MS-04 showed, that even routine mission could bring unpredicted problems. Mission was planned as regular supply flight with fourth from the latest generation of Progress cargo spacecrafts combined with proven and reliable Soyuz-U rocket. Launch was scheduled to be conducted from legendary Gagarin’s Start (Launch Site 5/1) at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Soyuz-U […]

Reality and ambitions – Russian plans for future after ISS

TASS news agency announces about creating conception of establishing international cislunar space station under partnership, which was established to create International Space Station. Few days earlier RCC Energia was forced to confirm that new Russian ISS module is delayed and will be launched not earlier then on December 2017. International Space Station program is still active […]

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) […]

ISS on new position

International Space Station was set to the new position before docking of Soyuz spacecraft planned on the beginning of June. Position was changed according to flight plan and was performed by Russian Mission Control Center placed in Korolev near Moscow. Maneuver was started and finished on April 13, 2016. Propulsion of Progress MS-02 spacecraft (which […]

Progress arrived !

Russian robotic spacecraft with supplies for crew members docked to International Space Station yesterday. Russian resupply spacecraft, Progress-MS 66P, arrived to communication zone around ISS at 15:39 GMT and take course on rendez vous. Two Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Alexey Ovchinin started monitoring parameters of Progress and ready to take control over Progress in case problems during docking. […]

Fourth ISS orbit correction performed successfully !

Next maneuver of orbit changing were performed on 5 March 2016 by International Space Station before next Progress resupply robotic vehicle and Soyuz crewed spacecraft dockings. Next two dockings of Russian Soyuz and Progress spaceships are requiring slight course correction to be performed. As usual for orbit change Progress-29M docked to Zvezda module was utilized, […]

International Space Station maneuver before next docking planned on 17th February

Necessary maneuver of ISS before next docking of Soyuz TMA-20M is planned for 17th February 2016. It was announced on 1 February 2016 that ISS would change its orbit due the planned for March series of activities with visiting spacecrafts. Maneuver will start on 17 February 2016, commands will be sent from RKA Mission Control Center placed in Korolyov, […]

Roscosmos cost cutting will affect also International Space Station – will Russia retreat from ISS ?

According to TASS news agency, in 2016 Roscosmos budget planned for ISS will decrease to $360 million. Will Russian modules became next MIR attached to ISS ? It seems that restructuration of Roscosmos and changing its status from space agency to State Corporation was maybe necessary more than it could be supposed (You can read […]