On May 6, 2019 at 13:33 UTC, the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-17 (CRS-17 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 Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques at 11:04 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 17th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.
On May 4, 2019 at 06:48 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from SLC-40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-17 flight also known as SpX-17) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 18th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 17th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.
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 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 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 March 29, 2019, American astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague performed a spacewalk to help fix a solar array battery problem and to connect a second set of replacement batteries as originally planned. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 45 minutes. This was the first spacewalk for Christina Koch and the 2nd for Nick Hague. Christina Koch became the 14th women to walk in space.