On November 02, 2012 at 21:04 UTC (on November 03 at 01:04 Moscow time) the Russian "Proton_M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited Yamal 300K and Luch 5B satellites. The "Yamal 300K” will broadcast television and high-speed Internet service across Russia and neighboring regions for Gazprom Space Systems, a Moscow-based subsidiary of Gazprom, the Russian oil and gas producer. Yamal 300K is designed for a 14-year lifetime. The "Luch 5B” will relay data, voice and video communications between the ground and the Russian segment of the International Space Station, satellites, and rockets in flight. Luch 5B is designed to operate for 10 years. The builder of Yamal 300K and Luch 5B satellites is Russian Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Co.
On November 01, 2012 American astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide performed a successful six-hour and 38-minute spacewalk to bypass a suspect solar array radiator. Williams and Hoshide successfully reconfigured ammonia coolant lines to bypass a presumed leak in a radiator used to cool electrical components in one of the space station's solar array modules. A spare radiator then was successfully deployed to take over cooling. This was the 166th spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998.
On October 31, 2012 at 07:41 UTC the Russian "Progress M-17M” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft is to deliver about 2.4 tons of supplies, including fuel components, oxygen, food, water and scientific equipment, to the crew of six aboard the International Space Station.
On October 28 at 19:22 UTC the "Dragon” unmanned supply spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in a distance of about 400 kilometers from California seaside. The commercial capsule built by SpaceX delivered to Earth nearly one ton of precious experiment samples and other gear from the International Space Station.