On March 2, 2017, at 23:53 UTC (on March 3 at 07:53 Beijing time) the “Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2)” rocket-carrier, new launch vehicle, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the “Tiankun-1” satellite. The small “TK-1 Tiankun-1” experimental satellite is the first to be developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation. TK-1 will be used for remote sensing, telecommunications and experiments in minisatellite-based technologies. The “Kaituozhe-2/Kaituo-2” launch vehicle is a three-stage solid propellant launch vehicle developed by the “CASIC Forth Bureau”. KT-2 has similar capabilities to the “Kuaizhou-1A” rocket-carrier, that was used for the first time on January 9, 2017.
On February 24, 2017 at 08:30 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-05” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Pirs” module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the six-member ISS crew.
On February 23, 2017 at 13:12 UTC the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-10 (CRS-10 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 French astronaut Thomas Pesquet at 10:44 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 10th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.
On February 22, 2017 at 05:58 UTC the “Progress MS-05” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-U” rocket-carrier. It was the last launch of the rocket-carrier of the “Soyuz-U” version.
On February 19, 2017 at 14:39 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from LP-39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-10 flight also known as SpX-10) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 11th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 10th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.
On February 14, 2017 at 21:39 UTC the “Ariane-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “SKY Brasil-1” and “Telkom-3S” satellites This was the first Ariane 5 launch of the year, following on for seven successful launches of the rocket during 2016. SKY Brasil-1(also known as SKYB-1) will be the 10th satellite launched by Arianespace for the operator AT&T/DIRECTV. SKYB-1 is a high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast satellite. The satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France. Telkom 3S will be the third satellite entrusted to Arianespace by Telkom Indonesia within the scope of a turnkey contract with Thales Alenia Space. Telkom Indonesia is an Indonesian state-owned company that supplies telecommunications, information, media and entertainment services (TIMES) to millions of customers thro
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On February 5, 2017, the Japanese HTV "Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. A series of deorbit maneuvers were performed at 08:42, 10:12, and 14:42 UTC. The spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere at 15:06 UTC. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft sank in the Pacific.
On January 31, 2017 at 14:25 UTC the “Progress MS-03” 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 18:24 UTC.
On January 28, 2017 at 01:34 UTC (on January 27, 2017 at 22:03 local time) the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site (the Guiana Space Centre) in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited the “Hispasat 36W-1” telecommunication satellite. It is a Spanish-owned communications satellite built in Germany to test new commercial telecom technologies and provide video, voice and data relay services.
On January 27, 2017, the Japanese "HTV Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft departed the International Space Station. First HTV-6 was disengaged with the space station's robotic arm from a docking port on the Harmony module. At 15:46 UTC the spacecraft was released by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The HTV’s mission is not over after its departure from the space station. The "HTV Kounotori-6” spacecraft will stay in orbit until February 5, 2017 conducting an experiment that could lay the foundation for a mechanism to remove space junk from orbit.