Soyuz MS-13 launch covers. The covers were autographed by the “Soyuz MS-13” crew: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and American astronaut Andrew Morgan.
On July 31, 2019 at 15:29 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-12” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station in about 3 and 19 minutes after blastoff from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Pirs” (SO-1) module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew. The Progress spacecraft completed fastest-ever trip to the International Space Station.The previous fastest-ever trip to the ISS was performed by the Russian “Progress MS-11” unmanned supply spacecraft on 4 April 2019. The “Progress MS-12” beat the flight time of the previous Progress resupply mission by two minutes.
On July 31, 2019 at 12:10 UTC the “Progress MS-12” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier.
On July 30, 2019 at 05:56 UTC the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The launch was performed by Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. The rocket equipped with the “Fregat” booster (upper stage) orbited Russian “Meridian-M” military communication satellite. The “Meridian” satellite will link Russian ground forces, aircraft, ships and command centers in the Arctic, Siberia and the North Sea, outside the reach of stable communications coverage through geostationary satellites over the equator.
On July 29, 2019 at 10:44 UTC the “Progress MS-11” unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. At the same day, the spacecraft was deorbited. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft drowned in the remote area of the Pacific at 14:32 UTC.
On July 27, 2019 at 16:01 UTC, the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-18 (CRS-18 flight), was successfully docked to the International Space Station. The linkup operation was carried out with the help of the giant 17-meter Canadarm. The capture with Canadarm-2 was performed by US astronaut Nick Hague at 13:11 UTC. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module. This docking marked the 18th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012. The Dragon spacecraft delivered 2312 kilograms of supplies, equipment and research investigations for the station’s 6-person Expedition 60 crew.
On July 26, 2019 at 03:57 UTC the "Chang Zheng-2C” (Long March-2C) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited three “Yaogan-30” military satellites. The exact purpose of the “Yaogan-30” satellites remains a secret. Information released by Chinese state media said the satellites are designed for “remote sensing” missions, and will be “used for electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests.” The “Yaogan” series of satellites are believed to be operated by the Chinese military for intelligence-gathering purposes.
On July 25, 2019 at 22:01 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from SLC-40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-18 flight also known as SpX-18) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 19th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 18th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.
On July 25, 2019, at 05:00 UTC the “SQX-1 (Y1)” (“Hyperbola-1”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The “i-Space” startup company became the first Chinese private firm to achieve orbit with a successful launch of a light-class “Hyperbola-1” rocket. The rocket orbited the “CAS-7B” (Beiligong-1) research satellite and one more satellite.