On September 12, 2017 at 15:58 UTC the Chinese “Tianzhou-1” unmanned supply spacecraft completed an express docking with the unoccupied “Tiangong-2” Chinese Space station. This fast docking took 6.5 hours to complete. Previously the rendezvous and docking process took around two days, or 30 orbits.
On September 11, 2017 at 19:23 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Amazonas-5” telecommunication satellite. The satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, in according to the order of Hispasat, S.A Spanish operating company. The “Amazonas-5” will broadcast communications services to Hispasat customers in Brazil and other parts of Latin America. This launch was the 415th flight of a Proton rocket since its debut in 1965, and the third Proton mission this year.
On September 7, 2017at 14:00 UTC the “Falcon-9” rocket was launched from LC-46 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch was performed by SpaceX company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B (mission OTV-5) spaceplane. The flight is the fifth time one of the Air Force’s two X-37B spaceplanes. No details about the spaceplane’s altitude or orbital parameters were released for this mission.
On June 1, 2017, the Russian Federal Communications Agency issued a postage stamp devoted to the 100th anniversary of the “Izvestia” newspaper. Izvestia is a high-circulation daily broadsheet newspaper in Russia. The word izvestiya in Russian means "delivered messages". In the context of newspaper, it is usually translated as "news" or "reports". The postage stamp depicts the anniversary logo of the “Izvestia” newspaper and the first pages of the publication illustrating the bright moments of the history of Russia, including the issue of 12 April 1961 with the photo of Yuri Gagarin (the left side of the postage stamp).
On September 3, 2017 at 01:22 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-04” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
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The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 52 – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fisher spent in space 136 days. Peggy Whitson spent in space 290 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, American astronaut Randolph Bresnik and It
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On September 2, 2017 at 21:58 UTC (on September 3 at 00:58 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz MS-04” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 52 – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson.
On August 31, 2017 at 13:30 UTC the PSLV-XL (C39) rocket-carrier was launched from Sriharikota spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The rocket (PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) was to orbit the IRNSS-1H (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) satellite. The satellite remained stuck to its launcher after climbing into orbit when the rocket’s aerodynamic payload shroud failed to jettison as planned several minutes after liftoff.
On August 26, 2017 at 06:04 UTC the " Minotaur-4” rocket-carrier was launched from LC-46 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The rocket orbited the ORS-5 military satellite tracking craft to help the Air Force track threats and debris in orbit. This was the first Minotaur launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
On August 24, 2017 at 18:50 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The rocket orbited Taiwan’s “Formosat-5” Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization. The “Formosat-5” is the first major space mission fully designed, manufactured and tested in Taiwan.
On August 19, 2017 at 05:29 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the “Michibiki” navigation satellite.