Posts Tagged ‘ISS’

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SpaceX discusses progress toward human missions of Dragon/Falcon 9


While continuing to impress even themselves with their ability to successfully propulsively land Falcon 9 first stages on land and in the ocean, SpaceX is continuing to progress…

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Soyuz TMA-19M landing marks Peake’s homecoming


Soyuz TMA-19M has successfully returned Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, Flight Engineer Tim Peake and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko back to Earth on Saturday. The Russian spacecraft undocked…

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Return of Antares expected to target August launch with OA-5 Cygnus


Orbital ATK’s continuing preparations to return its Antares rocket to flight operations has resulted in an updated preliminary launch date in the August timeframe. The launch – involving…

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OA-6 Cygnus ends Space Station mission; prepares for post-release tests


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have bid farewell to Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-6 spacecraft, the Rick Husband. Unberthing and separation operations began around 09:30 EDT (13:30 UTC)…

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Williams enters BEAM for expandable module milestone


NASA astronaut Jeff Williams has ingressed the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on Monday, the first time an American has entered an inflatable module in space. The milestone…

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Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket completes static fire at MARS


Orbital ATK has conducted a crucial step in the return of its Antares rocket to flight operations later this year from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. This…

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ISS controllers complete BEAM module expansion


The International Space Station (ISS) gained a new module for the first time since March 2011 this weekend, with the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) expanded to its…

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ISS robotics assess AMS-02 health, potential EVA, five years into operations


The International Space Station’s robotic assets paid a recent visit to AMS-02 (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer -02) to survey the external health of the payload and gain imagery ahead of…

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NASA and Roscosmos discuss ISS suicide plunge requirements


ISS partners – NASA and Roscosmos – have conducted a bilateral Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) to refine procedures relating to the disposal of the Station at the end of its…

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CRS-8 Dragon completes ISS mission, splashes down in Pacific


After 31 days of docked operations at the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s CRS-8 Dragon spacecraft completed the final aspect of its mission as astronauts aboard the Station unberthed…

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BEAM installed on ISS following CRS-8 Dragon handover


The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was finally installed on the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was involved with the…

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55 years after Gagarin, ULA & Bigelow present commercial space stations


April 12, 1961: the USSR ushered in the era of human spaceflight with the launch of Yuri Gagarin on a single orbit flight of the Earth. Now 55…

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ULA and Bigelow announce partnership for first commercial space stations


United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace have announced a partnership agreement to launch two of Bigelow’s inflatable B330 space habitats. The modules would be designed and built…

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ISS welcomes CRS-8 Dragon after flawless launch


For the first time in a year, the International Space Station has welcomed the arrival of a Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX following a flawless launch Friday afternoon from…

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SpaceX return Dragon to space as Falcon 9 nails ASDS landing


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft returned to flight Friday with the CRS-8 resupply mission to the International Space Station: a mission which also carries a prototype inflatable module for the…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 static fire ahead of CRS-8 mission


SpaceX has conducted a crucial static fire of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Dragon’s return to flight mission to the International Space Station. The company transported its…

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Progress MS-2/63P resupply mission arrives at the ISS


Russia’s Progress MS-2 cargo vehicle has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. This mission is the first of three Russian resupply efforts to the…

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Cygnus completes ISS arrival as ULA investigate Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship has berthing at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning. Cygnus launched to orbit on its second ride on the United Launch Alliance Atlas…

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OA-6 Cygnus launched to the ISS via Atlas V


Beginning its sixth flight Tuesday night, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft lifted off atop an Atlas rocket to begin a two-month mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff of…

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Soyuz TMA-20M docks and delivers three new crewmembers to the ISS


A Russian Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft launched three new crewmembers en route to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Launch occurred from pad No. 1 at the Baikonur…