On October 19, 2016 at 08:05 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-02” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov (center); Russian cosmonaut Andrei Borisenko (right) and American astronaut Robert Kimbrough (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on October 21. Ryzhikov, Borisenko and Kimbrough will join current ISS expedition members Ivanishin, Onishi and Rubins.
On October 18, 2016 at 19:24 UTC (on October 19 at 03:24 Beijing time) the Chinese "Shenzhou-11” manned spacecraft successfully completed an automated docking with the "Tiangong-2” space lab. Two Chinese cosmonauts (Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong) aboard the "Shenzhou-11” monitored and reported the docking operation to the control center. The crew open hatches leading into the “Tiangong-2” module within a few hours of arriving to begin a one-month stay inside the mini-station.
On October 17, 2016 at 23:45 UTC the "Cygnus” privately owned U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). MARS is a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Delmarva Peninsula and south of Chincoteague, Virginia, USA. The launch was performed by Orbital ATK Inc., an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company. The "Cygnus” (CRS OA--5 “Alan Poindexter”) unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was orbited by the “Antares-230” rocket-carrier on its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. The "Cygnus” (CRS OA-5) is the 6th successful flight of the Orbital ATK uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus. The &ld
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On October 17, 2016 at 07:30 Beijing time (on October 16 at 23:30 UTC) the "Shenzhou-11” (神舟十号) manned spacecraft was launched from Chinese Jiuquan Cosmodrome in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province. The space vehicle was orbited by the Chinese "Chang Zheng-2F” (Long March 2F 长征二号F运载火箭) rocket-carrier.
Photo by Xinhua
The spacecraft is piloted by 2 cosmonauts: Commander, Jing Haipeng (景海鵬) left; Second crewmember, Chen Dong (陳冬). The “Shenzhou-11” space vehicle is to dock with China's "Tiangong-2” space station.
On October 14, 2016 at 09:39 UTC the “Progress MS-02” unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. At the same day the spacecraft was deorbited. Its engine was started for deorbiting at 12:50 UTC. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft drowned in the remote area of the Pacific at 13:39 UTC.
On October 5, 2016 at 20:30 UTC the “Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the Australian “Sky Muster 2” and India’s “GSat-18” telecommunication satellites.
On September 26, 2016 at 03:42 UTC the PSLV C35 rocket-carrier was launched from Sriharikota spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The rocket (PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) orbited 8 satellites. The first payload was the “ScatSat-1” meteorological satellite designed to track hurricanes, typhoons and other tropical cyclones. The other 7 satellites are the US “BlackSky’s Pathfinder-1” satellite; the Canadian “NLS-19”; three satellites for Algeria (Alsat-1B, Alsat-2B, Alsat-1N) Built by Airbus Defense and Space for the Algerian Space Agency; two small satellites built by Indian university students, PRATHAM and PISAT.
On September 16, 2016 at 01:43 UTC (on September 15 at 22:43 local time) the “Vega” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited five sharp-eyed Earth observation satellites (the PeruSat 1 and four SkySat spacecraft) into two different orbits for the Peruvian government and a Google-owned mapping company. The PeruSat 1 reconnaissance satellite was built by Airbus Defense and Space for the government of Peru. This launch expanded a growing satellite fleet operated by Google’s Terra Bella company, giving the Silicon Valley firm seven spacecraft fitted with high-resolution cameras that can take rapid-fire pictures many times a second, allowing processors on the ground to string together video clips.
On September 15, 2016, at 14:04 UTC the “Long March –2F” (“Changzheng-2F”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the “Tiangong-2” (天宫二号) space lab. The “Tiangong-2” spacecraft is starting off a two-year mission to conduct a slate of scientific experiments and lay the technological foundation for a Chinese space station set to be assembled in orbit by 2022. If all goes according to plan, two Chinese astronauts will launch aboard the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft in mid-to-late October in pursuit of the Tiangong 2 space lab. Shenzhou 11 will dock with the spacecraft to form a mini-space station, and astronauts will live and work inside the module for 30 days, officials said.
In the period from September 14 till September 15, 2016 six micro satellites were launched from the International Space Station. On September 14, 2016 at 15:25 UTC the “Flock-2e'-13” and the “Flock-2e'-14” were launched. On September 14, 2016 at 23:15 UTC the “Flock-2e'-15” and the “Flock-2e'-16” were launched. On September 15, 2016 at 02:35 UTC the “Flock-2e'-17” and the “Flock-2e'-18” were launched. All the satellites were delivered to the ISS by the “Cygnus OA-6” spacecraft in March 2016.