Orbital Sciences Corps’ Antares 110 launch vehicle successfully launched the 4127kg Cygnus cargo craftinto low Earth orbit on a demonstration cargo mission to the International Space Station from the Wallops Island launch site on the coast of Virginia, USA at 1458 GMT on 18 September 2013. The full story on the main Flightglobal news page is here. The Orbital Sciences’ Antares/Cygnus unmanned cargo operations follows […]
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The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft successfully returned to Earth at 0258 GMT on 11 September 2013 with its three crew of US astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogfradov and Alexander Misurkin. After atmospheric re-entry capsule landed after being braked by parachute and last second retrofire rockets near Dzhezkazgan, in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft had earlier undocked from […]
Analysis: Syrian crisis unlikely to affect UK-US space cooperation but relationship with Russia is fraying
While the Parliament of the United Kingdom has now voted, in effect, to stay out of punitive military action against Syrian government’s apparent use of Sarin nerve gas against its own people, some are wondering if this will have an effect on US-UK space relations. The answer is probably not. It has only been recently that the UK has […]
Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin conducted a 7 hour 29 minute spacewalk starting at 1436 GMT and ending at 2205 GMT on 16 August (the longest EVA conducted to date by Russian cosmonauts). The cosmonauts rerouted and installed cables to be used by the MLM module which is due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) next […]
On 9 August, the Japanese built HTV-4 freighter (and its nanosat co-paylaods Ardusat-1, Ardusat-X, TechEdSat 1, Picodragon) was captured with the Canadian robotic arm at 1122 GMT. JAXA’s HTV-4 was docked onto the International Space Station at its Harmony node at 1538 GMT. The craft as carrying 3.6 tons of cargo including food and scientific equipment.
Accomplished NASA astronaut Michael Foale who holds dual UK/US citizenship has retired from NASA. During his astronaut career he had six trips into orbit via six space shuttle missions and served 145 days aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1997. That mission nearly ended in disaster after Spektr, one of Mir’s space station modules, sprung a leak during a collision with a Progress […]
The Japanese cargo craft HTV-4 (Kounotori-4) was sent on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard an H-2B launch rocket launched from the Tanegashima launch site in Japan at 1948 GMT on 3 July. Apart from stores and spare parts, the JAXA-operated HTV-4 carried a small taking robot called Kirobo for use inside the space station and a variety of […]
The unmanned space freighter Progress M-20M was launched from the Baikonur launch site, near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan at 2045 GMT on 27 July. After a short passage lasting less than six hours, the spacecraft docked with the Internaional Space Station at the Pirs module at 0226 GMT.
The cargo spacecraft Progress M-018M undocked from the Poisk module of the International Space Station at 2043 GMT on 25 July 2013. The craft was re-entered to a safe burn up over the Pacific carrying unwanted items and trash discarded by the crew of the International Space Station. Any debris fell into the sea at approximately […]
Astronaut Chris Cassidy (NASA) and Luca Parmitano (ESA) 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 a failed component on an antenna, installing radiator grapple bars onto the outboard P-1 and S-1 trusses, retrieving two materials science experiments, The astronauts also routed power cables in preparation for the arrival of a new NAUKA Russian module.
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