|Two satellites orbited by Chinese Kuaizhou-1A rocket.
On August 30, 2019, at 23:41 (on August 31 at 02:41 Beijing time) the “Kuaizhou-1A” (“Speedy vessel”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited two experimental Chinese satellites.
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|Russia launched military satellite.
On August 30, 2019 at 14:00 UTC the “Rockot” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The rocket equipped with the “Briz-KM” booster orbited the “GEO-IK-2” geodetic surveying satellite for the Russian military. The “GEO-IK-2” satellites measure Earth’s shape, gravity field, rotation and tectonic movement. The information is used by the Russian military to aid satellite tracking, global navigation and inform the computation of missile trajectories.
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|Dragon CRS-18 supply spacecraft returned to Earth.
On August 27, 2019 at 20:20 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean around 480 kilometers of California. It was the "SpaceX CRS-18” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the 18th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking.
|Dragon CRS-18 spacecraft undocked from ISS.
On August 27, 2019 at 12:25 UTC the station's robotic arm removed the Dragon capsule from its berthing port on the station’s Harmony module. Using a command issued from the mission control center, the robot arm released the Dragon CRS-18 spacecraft at 14:59 UTC. It was the 18th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking, including a demonstration flight in 2012.
|Russian “Soyuz MS-14” spacecraft docked to the ISS.
On August 27, 2019 at 03:08 UTC the Russian "Soyuz MS-14” unpiloted spacecraft docked with the Russian “Zvezda” module of the International Space Station, two days after a dramatic docking abort, using a different docking port for the second rendezvous.
|Soyuz MS-13 redocking.
On August 26, 2019 the “Soyuz MS-13” was successfully redocked from the "Zvezda” module to the Russian “Poisk” module. The operations were carried out manually by Soyuz commander, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. During the operations on board the Soyuz MS-13 there were also flight engineers, American astronaut Andrew Morgan and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. The undocking command was issued at 03:35 UTC. The Soyuz departed from the station, flew around it, and docked to the "Poisk” module at 03:59 UTC. The “Soyuz MS-13” was relocated to a new docking port of the ISS to clear a spot for the unpiloted “Soyuz MS-14” spaceship to attempt another automated approach and docking to the space complex after aborting its first rendezvous.
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|“Soyuz MS-14” docking to ISS was aborted.
On August 24, 2019 at 05:30 UTC, the Russian “Soyuz MS-14” spacecraft was to dock with the ISS. Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Aleksey Ovchinin aboard the International Space Station commanded an approaching “Soyuz MS-14” unpiloted spacecraft to abort its docking after the spaceship’s automated rendezvous system ran into trouble, leaving ground teams assessing what went wrong and whether to attempt another link-up in orbit. There is no cosmonaut abroad to take manual control, as would be the case on a typical Soyuz mission. The “Soyuz MS-14” is also not outfitted with the TORU system, which flies on “Progress” cargo spaceships, allowing cosmonauts inside the space station to take remote control of the spacecraft for docking if necessary, using a video feed from the approaching vehicle for cues.
|US launched navigation satellite.
On August 22, 2017 at 13:06 UTC the "Delta-4M” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the GPS-3 SV02 “Magellan” navigation satellite.
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|Russia launched Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft.
On August 22, 2019 at 03:38 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-14” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier. The “Soyuz MS-14” spaceship was launched without a crew. It is the first “Soyuz” crew spacecraft to fly without cosmonauts in 33 years — to allow Russian engineers to conducted a fully automated test flight. The experimental mission is to test the compatibility of the “Soyuz” spacecraft with the upgraded “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier, a modernized variant of the venerable Russian rocket family that is slated to begin launching crews next March. There was a robot rather than a cosmonaut in the commander’s seat. The spacecraft is to dock with the ISS.
|US astronauts performed a spacewalk.
On August 21, 2019, American astronauts Andrew Morgan and Tyler «Nick» Hague performed a spacewalk to help connect a newly-arrived docking port to the ISS. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 2 minutes. This was the third spacewalk for Nick Hague and the first for Andrew Morgan.