On April 19, 2019, the American "Cygnus” CRS-11 (NG-11 “S.S. Roger Chaffee”) private unmanned supply spacecraft was docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft was grappled by a robotic arm operated by American astronaut Anne McClain inside the space station at 09:28 UTC. The cargo spacecraft was docked to the station’s "Unity” module at 11:31 UTC. The spacecraft delivered about 3800 kilograms of supplies to the Space Station. It was the 11th docking of a "Cygnus” spacecraft with the ISS.
On April 17, 2019 at 20:46 UTC the "Cygnus” privately owned U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Antares-230” rocket-carrier. The "Cygnus” CRS-11 (NG-11 “S.S. Roger Chaffee”) unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was orbited on its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. The "Cygnus” CRS-11 (NG-11 “S.S. Roger Chaffee”) is the 11th successful flight of the Orbital ATK uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus.... Read more »
On April 15, 2019 American astronaut Owen Kay Garriott passed away at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Owen Garriott flew aboard the US “Skylab” space station during the “Skylab-3” mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia (the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission). He spent a total of 70 days in space.
On April 11, 2019 at 22:35 UTC the "Falcon Heavy” rocket-carrier was launched from LC-39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the “Arabsat-6A” telecommunication satellite.
On April 08, 2019, American astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques performed a spacewalk to continue the ongoing program to replace the station’s aging batteries and upgrade power systems. The main task was to establish a redundant path of power to the Canadian-built robotic arm, known as “Canadarm-2”. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 15 minutes. This was the first spacewalk for David Saint-Jacques and the 2nd for Anne McClain.
On April 04, 2019 at 17:03 UTC the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited 4 satellites. The Russian-built Soyuz rocket orbited O3b telecommunication satellites. The satellites are owned and operated by O3b Networks, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES S.A., one of the world’s leading satellite operators based in Luxembourg.
On April 4, 2019 at 14:22 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-11” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station in about 3 hours and 20 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-09” unmanned supply spacecraft on 10 July 2018.
On April 4, 2019 at 11:01 UTC the “Progress MS-11” 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 April 1, 2019 at 04:00 UTC, the PSLV-C45 rocket-carrier was launched from Satish Dhawan (Sriharikota) spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The rocket (PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) orbited 29 satellites. The main payload was the Indian “EMISat” military electronic surveillance satellite.
On March 31, 2019 at 15:51 UTC the "Chang Zheng-3B/G2” (Long March-3B/G2) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited the “Tianlian-2” tracking and data relay satellite.