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News Archive / Tagged: International Space Station

  • U.S. astronauts may continue to launch aboard Soyuz into 2020

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    According to a report from the Russian news agency TASS, not only will U.S. astronauts launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz spacecraft through 2019, but also there is a strong possibility that Boeing will engage their Russian counterpart to continue the service through 2020.

  • Progress MS-06 docks with International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJune 16th, 2017

    Pulling into port at 7:37 a.m. EDT (11:37 GMT) on June 16, 2017, the autonomous Russian Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft glided in for a docking at the aft port of the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module.

  • Progress MS-06 freighter on its way to space station

    Derek RichardsonJune 14th, 2017

    Taking to overcast skies at 5:20 a.m. EDT (09:20 GMT) June 14, 2017, from Site 31 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a modernized Soyuz 2.1a rocket powered toward orbit. Three stages and nine minutes later, the Progress MS-06 freighter was deployed into its proper orbit to begin a two-day, 34-orbit journey to the International Space Station.

  • OA-7 Cygnus re-enters Earth’s atmosphere after 2-month mission

    Derek RichardsonJune 12th, 2017

    Burning up in a blaze of glory, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus cargo ship re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on June 11, 2017, ending its nearly two-month-long flight.

  • Progress MS-06 spacecraft set for supply run to ISS

    Curt GodwinJune 12th, 2017

    Progress MS-06, Russia's first supply delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) in nearly four months, is closing in on its targeted launch date of June 14, 2017.

  • CRS-11 Dragon arrives at International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJune 5th, 2017

    After a two-day trek to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s CRS-11 Dragon spacecraft arrived at the orbiting outpost and was captured by the robotic Canadarm2. The capsule launched two days before on June 3, 2017.

  • BEAM module marks one year in service

    Lloyd CampbellJune 4th, 2017

    Bigelow Aerospace’s Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) module recently marked its one-year anniversary as a part of the International Space Station.

  • Cygnus unberthed, begins weeklong free flight

    Derek RichardsonJune 4th, 2017

    The S.S. John Glenn Cygnus spacecraft was released from the International Space Station at 9:10 a.m. EDT (13:10 GMT), June 4, 2017, after some 44 days berthed to the outpost’s Unity module.

  • Falcon’s flames: SpaceX launches CRS-11 Dragon

    Bart LeahyJune 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has successfully launched its 11th Dragon (CRS-11) toward the International Space Station (ISS) in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 rocket launched the first refurbished Dragon capsule carrying crew supplies and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

  • Dragon to deliver essential science research to ISS

    Jerome StrachJune 2nd, 2017

    SpaceX is tasked to provide a cargo filled Dragon capsule secured to their Falcon 9 rocket, destined for the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has requested the cargo and supply shipment via their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, this being the 11th of 12 such planned transport missions, with an expected launch date on June 3, 2017.

  • Soyuz MS-03 crew returns to Earth after nearly 200 days in space

    Derek RichardsonJune 2nd, 2017

    Landing on the Kazakh Steppe, two members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 51 crew returned to Earth on June 2, 2017, after spending 196 days in orbit. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed in their Soyuz MS-03 capsule about an hour before sunset local time at 8:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. EDT / 14:10 GMT).

  • More science, reused Dragon capsule featured on CRS-11

    Bart LeahyMay 30th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX is continuing its effort to increase its operational tempo and demonstrate spacecraft reusability. While delivering supplies and multiple experiments, the CRS-11 cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will also feature the first reuse of a Dragon pressure vessel as well as the return of a Falcon 9 first stage to Landing Zone 1 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Dream Chaser spacecraft passes 3rd integration review milestone

    Bart LeahyMay 27th, 2017

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced on May 25, 2017, that the firm's Dream Chaser spacecraft had passed its third integration review under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. This latest review evaluated whether the spacecraft's system design met NASA’s key mission requirements to send cargo to the International Space Station.

  • Astronauts perform contingency spacewalk to replace failed data relay box

    Derek RichardsonMay 23rd, 2017

    Just three days after the failure of a key data relay box, a contingency spacewalk was planned by ground teams and executed by International Space Station astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer to replace the component.

  • Contingency spacewalk required to replace failed relay box

    Derek RichardsonMay 21st, 2017

    A data relay box failure outside the International Space Station (ISS) has prompted mission managers to begin planning a contingency spacewalk. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace the failed component.