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Spacewalk disconnects cables on mating adaptor ready for its move

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on March 24. The main job was to disconnect cables and electrical connections on …

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Dragon CRS-10 cargo craft is unhooked from ISS to re-enter and splash down in the Pacific

Having been unloaded in late February, the SpaceX Dragon CRS-10 (CRS1-10) spacecraft was unberthed from the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 2145 GMT on 18 March after its NASA delivery mission. At 0911 GMT on 19 March DRAGON CRS-10 …

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Last Soyuz-U launches cargo craft to ISS from snow covered Baikonur Cosmodrome (Updated)

At 0558 GMT on 22 February 2017, a Soyuz-U rocket rose into the sky from the ice covered fields at its Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. It was the last mission the venerable Soyuz-U variant would fly. Aboard was a …

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Boeing and Nanoracks team up to build commercial cubesat deploying airlock for ISS

Having got permission via Space Act Agreement with NASA in May 2016, cubesat deployment firm, NanoRacks, has joined up with Boeing to build and install the first commercial airlock module on the International Space Station. The airlock is expected to …

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Recent re-entries: Progress MS-03 de-orbits in visible burn-up with HTV-6 following afterwards

Progress MS-03/ISS-64P was undocked from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Pirs module at 1425 GMT on 31 January 2017. Bright lights from the External Television Camera Groups (ETVCGs) were left on to see if this made in-orbit remote control manoeuvres …

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HTV-6 departs ISS ready for tether experiment but it may have gone wrong (Updated)

Having been filled with trash for disposal, the HTV-6 (Kounotori-6) was unberthed and later fully released by Canadarm-2 at 1546 GMT on 27 January 2017. Before it will make a full controlled re-entry over the Pacific, the spacecraft will deploy …

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UK astronaut Tim Peake announces he is going back into orbit

While astronauts used to be household names, they are ten-a-penny nowadays, at least in USA. However, given that the UK only has one official ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, has become well known here. This fame has now led to his …

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Boeing might sell Soyuz seats to NASA

Boeing might be embarrassed by delays to its CST-100 “Starliner” – in turn delaying the fulfilment of its commercial crew launch contracts with NASA until likely 2019 at the earliest – but at least it is showing some creative thinking …

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President Obama – The Verdict: Better than his predecessor but weak on Syria and Space

It is, of course, posterity that gets the final say on whether a U.S. President was any good or not, but as he leaves office we can, at least, make a preliminary comparison of President Barack Obama’s record against that …

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Astronauts make second battery change out spacewalk

While the previous spacewalk put in three new lithium ion batteries, a new spacewalk was needed to continue the battery replacement task and the new adapters that carry them. On 13 January 2017, during their 5 hour 58 minute EVA …

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Boeing and SpaceX get four more crew delivery missions each

While neither has yet had their manned capsule designs fly, and while both have had their test flight programmes delayed, both Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts by NASA for four more manned commercial flights each to add to …

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NASA spacewalkers start to change out ISS batteries

In the first spacewalk of the year, two NASA astronauts left the safety and comfort of the International Space Station (ISS) to do the initial leg in the planned replacement of old batteries. The idea is to change the older …

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JAXA launches HTV cargo craft to ISS using H-2B rocket

A HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) cargo craft was carried into orbit by an H-2B (H-IIB) rocket at 1326 GMT on 9 December. The mission was a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and was launched from the Tanegashima …

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Progress MS-04 mission to ISS ended by a Soyuz-U launch failure (Updated)

An ISS (International Space Station) resupply mission, which lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, has suffered a launch failure. The Progress MS-04 mission, which was being carried by a Soyuz-U rocket, successfully lifted off from Baikonur at 1452 GMT …

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Cygnus OA-5 comings and goings as it leaves ISS to later release Lemur cubesats

Cygnus OA-5 (Alan Poindexter) was unberthed by the International Space Station’s robot arm at 1125 GMT on 21 November 2016 and released from the Unity module at 1322 GMT.  Aboard the cargo craft were four Lemur cubesat spacecraft which the …

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Soyuz FG rocket launches Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft with three crew to International Space Station

A Soyuz FG rocket launched itself and a manned Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan. The launch took place at 2020 GMT on 17 November 2016. Aboard Soyuz MS-03 were three crew: the Roskosmos cosmonaut …

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Soyuz MS-01 departs from ISS and successfully re-enters and lands with three crew

The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft undocked from the Rassvet module of the International Space Station (ISS) at 0035 GMT on 30 October 2016 carrying Russian astronaut Anatoly Ivanishin, US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi.

The spacecraft made a …

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Back in play: Antares 230 launches Cygnus freighter to the ISS on long awaited return (Updated)

At 2345 GMT on 17 October an Antares 230  rocket lifted off from Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, carrying the Cygnus OA-5 commercial resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS) into orbit. This flight marks the return-to-flight of …

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Russian Soyuz vehicle successfully launches astronauts, and troubled Soyuz craft, to the ISS

At 0805 GMT, 19 October 2016, a Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Site 31/6, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Soyuz MS-02 craft containing crew members of Expedition 49/50 to the International Space Station (ISS). The new crew members …

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Russian Soyuz craft suffers anomaly, while Roscosmos announces crew reductions to the ISS

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced on 17 September 2016, that the next flight of the Soyuz-MS crew transport craft would be delayed for technical reasons after testing conducted at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to TASS, the Russian state …

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