On November 11, 2018, the Japanese HTV "Kounotori-7” unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. After undocking from the ISS, HTV-7 remained in orbit for several days before conducting a series of de-orbit burns for a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean. During preparations for its destructive reentry and after the deorbit burn but before entry interface (the point at which the discernable atmosphere begins to affect a spacecraft), ground controllers remotely commanded HTV-7 to release the HSRC (HTV Small Re-entry Capsule) capsule at an altitude of 300 km. Because HSRC needs to splashdown in an area where recovery will be easy to accomplish, HTV-7 had the distinction of being the first JAXA Station resupply spacecraft to perform a destructive reentry over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean instead of over the Southern Pacific Ocean spacecraft graveyard that has been used on all six previous
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On November 7, 2018, the Japanese "HTV Kounotori-7” 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 16:50 UTC the spacecraft was released by German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor. The HTV’s mission is not over after its departure from the space station. HTV-7 will remain in orbit for several days before conducting a series of de-orbit burns for a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean on November 10.
On October 11, 2018 at 08:40 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was to be orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft was piloted by 2 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin (right) and American astronaut Tyler Hague.
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The “Soyuz MS-10” spaceflight aborted shortly after launch due to a failure of the “Soyuz-FG” launch vehicle boosters. It was intended to transport two members of the Expedition 57
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On October 4, 2018 at 14:45 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-08” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 56 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. They spent in space 197 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor remained in orbit aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 57 crew. The undocking of Soyuz MS-08 marked the end of Expedition
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On October 4, 2018 at 07:57 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-08” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 56 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold.
On September 27, 2018 at 18:08 UTC the 7th Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV "Kounotori-7”) was installed on its berthing port of the "Harmony” module of the International Space Station. American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Serena Auñón-Chancellor operating the Canadian-built arm, captured the HTV-7 “Kounotori” spacecraft at 11:36 UTC.
On September 22, 2018 at 17:52 UTC the Japanese HTV-7 (H-2 Transfer Vehicle) unmanned supply spacecraft 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 spacecraft was orbited by the Japanese H-2B rocket-carrier. The mission is Japan's seventh cargo delivery flight to the International Space station. The HTV-7 mission is also named Kounotori-7. Kounotori is the Japanese word for white stork. The spacecraft is to deliver about 5900 kilograms of cargo to the station’s crew.