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News Archive / Tagged: International Space Station

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • Astronauts breeze through spacewalk, complete all get-ahead tasks

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 13th, 2017

    In the second of two planned to spacewalks up upgrade the International Space Station’s (ISS) power system, two astronauts finished the process of replacing 12 nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion units. The spacewalking duo worked so fast, they had time to complete all of the assigned get-ahead tasks.

  • Astronauts to finish installing batteries during ISS during Friday spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 12th, 2017

    The International Space Station (ISS) crew is gearing up for the second of two spacewalks aimed at replacing aging nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion units. Two astronauts will leave the Quest airlock at around 7 a.m. EST (12:00 GMT) Jan. 13, 2017, for an estimated six-and-a-half-hour-long excursion.

  • 1st battery-replacement spacewalk completed at ISS

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 6th, 2017

    Two NASA astronauts on the first of two spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) made swift work to help with the replacement of old batteries with new lithium-ion units. They even had enough time leftover to perform several get-ahead tasks.

  • Robotics work clears way for Friday spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 4th, 2017

    On Friday, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson will venture outside the 400-metric-ton International Space Station (ISS) on the first of two spacewalks to begin a multi-year process of upgrading the outpost’s power system.

  • ISS’ power generation system to get crucial update

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 3rd, 2017

    Two upcoming International Space Station (ISS) spacewalks slated for January are expected to result in a crucial update of the orbital lab’s power generating system. Expedition 50 crew are scheduled to venture outside the ISS on Jan. 6 and 13 in order to replace the old nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries on the station’s truss structure.

  • Cargo ships, expandables and spacewalks, oh my: ISS in 2016

    Derek RichardsonDecember 31st, 2016

    Between cargo ships servicing the outpost and spacewalks to maintain it, 2016 was arguably one of the busiest years for the International Space Station (ISS) since the end of the Space Shuttle era.

  • ISS Expedition 50 crew preps for January spacewalks

    Derek RichardsonDecember 24th, 2016

    With the Japanese Kounotori 6 cargo craft firmly attached to the International Space Station's Harmony module, the six-person Expedition 50 crew is heading into the holiday weekend with images of spacewalk preparations dancing in their heads.

  • SpaceX Crew Dragon test flights delayed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 13th, 2016

    In a revised schedule released by NASA on Dec. 12, 2016, it was revealed that SpaceX has delayed test flights for its Crew Dragon spacecraft by a number of months. According to Space News, this is, in part, due to the Sept. 1 Falcon 9 pad explosion.

  • Japanese Kounotori 6 arrives at International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonDecember 13th, 2016

    Japan’s sixth “white stork” arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies, experiments, and Christmas gifts for the crew. The Kounotori 6 cargo ship, also called HTV-6, was captured by the outpost's robotic Canadarm2 at 5:37 a.m. EST (10:37 GMT) Dec. 13, 2016.

  • Japan’s ‘White Stork’ HTV launches with crucial supplies for ISS

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 9th, 2016

    Japan’s sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), also known as “Kounotori” (“White Stork” in Japanese), has successfully launched atop an H-IIB booster carrying essential cargo for the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket lifted off on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10:26 p.m. Japan Standard Time (13:26 GMT / 8:26 a.m. EST) from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center.

  • Japanese Kounotori 6 set for launch to ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 8th, 2016

    After discovering a leaking pipe during an early August pressurization test, prompting a delay, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is ready to send its Kounotori 6 (HTV-6) skyward toward the International Space Station.

  • ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024

    Derek RichardsonDecember 4th, 2016

    At a two-day meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency’s 22 member states approved a commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program to 2024. ESA is the final partner agency to do so.

  • Lost: Progress MS-04 cargo craft fails to reach orbit

    Bart LeahyDecember 1st, 2016

    Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, reported that it lost the Progress MS-04 spacecraft that was delivering cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Contact was lost with the spacecraft after 382 seconds into the flight while it was flying on its third stage.

  • Unknown fate of Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft after in-flight anomaly

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 1st, 2016

    Loaded with crucial supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) crew, the Progress MS-04 has launched atop a Soyuz-U booster on what was supposed to be a two-day trek to the orbital outpost. The launch was carried out at exactly 14:51 GMT; however, Roscosmos reports that telemetry with the rocket was lost 383 seconds into the flight.