Monthly Archives: October 2012

Progress M-17M docks with ISS just six hours after launch


The Russian Progress M-17M cargo spacecraft lifted off atop a Soyuz-U booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday morning, on its way to an accelerated docking…

EM-2: Orion crew to spend up to four days in Lunar Orbit


The first crewed mission of NASA’s Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration era will send a crew of four on a short vacation into Lunar orbit in 2021. Exploration…

SpaceX’s Dragon returns to Earth with precious cargo from ISS


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has completed its trip back to Earth, carrying with it a valuable load of cargo from its host since October 10, the International Space Station….

KSC could facilitate military and commercial operators in the OPFs


As Kennedy Space Center’s transition from the home base of the Shuttle fleet to a multi-user spaceport continues, managers at the facility have noted that the two vacated…

China’s Long March 3C lofts another Compass-G into orbit


The Chinese were back in action on Thursday, launching the sixth Compass-G satellite into orbit via their Long March 3C (Chang Zheng 3C)¬†launch vehicle. The 15:33 UTC launch…

Soyuz TMA-06M docks to ISS – boosts crew for busy period of activity


The Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft, also known by its US designation of 32S, has docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on time at 12:29 PM GMT, boosting the…

SLS and Orion endure rigorous wind tunnel testing


Both the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion crew capsule have continued their wind tunnel testing this month, with the Block 1 Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV)…

Soyuz TMA-06 crew set sail on their busy ISS expedition


A Russian Soyuz FG launch vehicle has lofted the next set of International Space Station crewmembers on their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeni Tarelkin and former…

Blue Origin capsule successfully pad aborts via pusher-escape system


Although no longer a leading contender to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), Blue Origin are successfully concluding their Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev-2)…

ISS program planning spacewalks to repair power channel faults outside station


International Space Station (ISS) program managers are currently hard at work preparing for at least one, and potentially two, upcoming and unplanned spacewalks to repair external faults relating…

Dragon enjoying ISS stay, despite minor issues – Falcon 9 investigation begins


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is behaving well – bar a couple of minor issues – during its berthed phase of the CRS-1 (SpX-1) mission, as it closes in on…

Atlantis’ team comforted by the orbiter retiring at her home port of KSC


A few days after the high-visibility move of Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour to her retirement home, a quieter move marked the end of an era October 17th at…

NASA evaluate rescue plans for Orion crew after off-nominal landing


NASA teams are continuing to set up the mission rules for their Orion spacecraft, with the latest set of expansive “Concept of Operations (CONOPS)” outlines including scenarios for…

Atlas V completes SAA milestones in preparation for crewed launches


The famous Atlas rocket continues to show it’s ready to once again launch humans into space, following the completion of NASA’s Space Act Agreement (SAA) milestones. Although the…

ILS Proton-M returns to flight by lofting Orbital’s Intelsat 23 uphill


International Launch Services (ILS) have launched their Proton-M rocket in a daylight launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch was on schedule at 8:37 am GMT, with…

Long March 2C launches Shijian-9 tech demonstrator satellite duo


The Chinese have launched their much delayed Shijian-9 mission on Sunday, involving a pair of technology demonstrator satellites.¬† The launch took place at 03:25UTC from the Taiyuan Satellite…

Soyuz ST-B launches Galileo twins successfully to orbit


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B rocket launched from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana on Friday, lofting two Galileo IOV (In-Orbit Validation) satellites – the early stages of what…

Remembering Endeavour: A final journey to the California Science Center


The unprecedented effort to haul a space vehicle through the cramped streets of the United States’ third-largest city has been all-but completed as engineers from Los Angeles, NASA,…

SpaceX’s CRS-1 Dragon arrives at the ISS for successful berthing


The first official commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) successfully passed the critical phase of its arrival at the orbital outpost, as SpaceX’s CRS-1 Dragon…

Dragon safely en route to ISS as SpaceX review Falcon 9 ascent issues


SpaceX’s Dragon is continuing its journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on its debut Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS-1/SpX-1). Meanwhile, evaluations are taking place into the failure of…