Tag Archives | International Space Station

On a lighter note: For all those space sales monkeys out there one goes berserk on ISS

For all those space sales monkeys, worker monkeys, surrender monkeys, and cheeky monkeys slogging away out there, the Chinese Year of the Monkey was bad news: 2016 was also a leap year.  This effectively meant that workers had an extra …

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International Space Station divorce is on as Russia wants to split its modules off…but not until 2024

In a similar way to arranging a semi-amicable divorce, Russia has formally given notice to its spacefaring partner nations, NASA, ESA and JAXA, that it will remain part of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2024, the year that NASA …

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Russian spacewalkers make installations and release Chasqui-1 satellite from ISS

During an EVA (Extravehicular Activity)/spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) which began at 1402 GMT on 18 August 2014, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, released the Peruvian cubesat Chasqui-1 which had been earlier transported to the ISS …

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Spacewalkers venture out of International Space Station

On 19 June 2014, two cosmonauts, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, ventured out of the International Space Station and performed a spacewalk lasting over seven hours.  After depressurisation, the spacewalkers left the airlock at 1410 GMT to begin a work …

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Soyuz TMA-013M lifts off with three crew aboard and docks safely with International Space Station

Carrying NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, Soyuz Commander and cosmonaut Max Suraev of Roscosmos, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst, the Soyuz TMA-013M manned spacecraft was successfully launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome near …

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Progress M-022M undocks from International Space Station

The unmanned freighter spacecraft Progress M-022M has undocked and moved away from the International Space Station’s Pirs module at 1358 GMT on 7 April 2014, having been docked there since 5 February 2014. Apart from this departure’s benefit of freeing …

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Former astronaut notes that US-Russian space cooperation is not what it used to be

The tension between not wanting a policy of appeasement, and, at the same time, not wanting to impose counterproductive sanctions on Russia, has Western governments wondering just what to do about the Ukrainian/Crimean annexation crisis.  As this column has …

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Ukraine crisis: Russian retaliation to economic sanctions could end International Space Station though NASA remains sanguine

Russia’s military and political advances in the Crimean region of Ukraine, following similar fanning of separatism in parts of Georgia in 2008, has re-awakened Cold War fears. A cycle of sanctions against Russia and its retaliation to such action could …

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Cygnus Orb 1 cargo craft is re-entered after ISS resupply mission

The Orbital Science Cygnus Orb 1 unmanned freighter spacecraft which resupplied astronauts aboard the  International Space Station (ISS) has now been detached from the Harmony module and deliberately re-entered into the Earth’s atmosphere.  

Over a month after the NASA -funded …

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Space walking astronauts add and remove bits on International Space Station

Astronaut Chris Cassidy (NASA) and Luca Parmitano (ESA, pictured) performed an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) which began at 1909 GMT on 10 July. During the spacewalk ,which lasted six hours seven minutes, the two astronauts made various equipment retrievals and change-outs including replacing …

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ATV 04 (Albert Einstein) cargo craft docks with International Space Station

Ten days after its Ariane 5 ES launch, the Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV 04 (Albert Einstein) docked with the aft port of the International Space Station’s Zvezda module at 1407 GMT on 15 June. The craft was carrying  The craff was …

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NASA buys six more Soyuz “seats” for rides to International Space Station

NASA has decided to fork out more cash to buy extra Soyuz seats to take its crews to the International Space Station.  The deal signed with Roscosmos is valued at $424 million is for six “seats” and training and adds to an earlier …

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Successful Soyuz launch of Progress M-019M is marred by sticky KURS antenna which may prevent docking (Updated)

A Soyuz U launch vehicle successfully launched Progress M-019M (ISS-51P) on its mission to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan.   Aboard were 2.5 tons of cargo and supplies for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.  …

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International Space Station has communications cut for a time

On 19 February, flight controllers were in the process of updating the International Space Station’s command and control software when a communications fault related to this transition occured.  During the transition from primary computer to the backup computer as part of the …

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Video of Progress M-016M leaving the International Space Station

A video is now available of the unmanned cargo spacecraft Progress M-016M successfully undocking and leaving the International Space Station’s Pirs module.  The undocking took place at 1315 GMT on 9 February.  Later that day the spacecraft was re-entered over the South Pacific at 1619 …

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Dextre robot proves spacecraft refuelling concept

The was a boost for proponents of using “in flight refuelling” for spacecraft in orbit. On the International Space Station, the Dextre robot has just completed experiments, under the Robotic Refuelling Mission, to test the concept of such satellite servicing.  During the …

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In space, no one can hear your lead…

Just to give an idea of lead times in spaceflight: Arianespace has begun loading cargo into the European Space Agency’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle robotic supply ship, named Albert Einstein – which launches via Ariane 5 rocket for the International …

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Space Year Review 2012: Launch vehicles – Falcon 9, Delta IV and Soyuz show robustness in mishaps but not so for Safir or Proton

According to the Flightglobal SpaceTrak database, at 78 orbital launch attempts in 2012, there were six less launches than in the previous year. With 139 spacecraft on these flights (Shenzhou 9’s orbital module is counted as an autonomous spacecraft)

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Spacewalkers re-route ammonia coolant to back-up radiator on International Space Station

US Astronaut Suni Williams and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide made a spacewalk EVA (Extra Vehiclular Activity) to set up an alternative pathwway for ammonia coolant apparently leaking on a radiator on the P6 segrment of the International Space Station truss.  The astronauts re-routed this

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Progress M-017M cargo vessel is launched by Soyuz on a rapid approach sequence to International Space Station (Updated)

The unmanned cargo freighter vessel Progress M-017M/ISS-49P was launched on a rapid approach trajectory to the International Space Station at 0741 GMT by a Soyuz U from the Baikonur launch base near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan.  The rapid approach sequence involves the craft …

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