On September 11, 2015 at 02:08 UTC the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited the Galileo FOC – Galileo 9 (Galileo FOC FM5, Alba) and Galileo 10 (Galileo FOC FM6, Oriana) European navigation satellites.
On September 04, 2015 at 07:39 UTC the "Soyuz TMA-18M” spacecraft docked with the Russian "Poisk” (MIM-2) module of the International Space Station in automatic regime. The Soyuz TMA-18M delivered three new members of Expedition 45 to the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonauts Gennadiy Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko and Oleg Kononenko; American astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren; Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui (油井 亀美也) to form the station’s crew of 9 members (so-called Expedition 44 and a half). When on September 12, 2015 Gennadiy Padalka, Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov return to Earth, the 6 others (Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, Sergey Volkov, Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui) will form Expedition 45 crew.... Read more »
On September 02, 2015 at 10:18 UTC the "Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., USA. The rocket equipped with the “Centaur” upper stage orbited the “MUOS-4’ (Mobile User Objective System) U.S. Navy satellite. The space vehicle will enter service over the Indian Ocean. It is the last piece needed in the Navy’s constellation of strategically-placed satellites that now will offer coverage around the world.
On September 02, 2015 at 04:37 UTC the Russian “Soyuz TMA-18M” 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 Volkov (center); flight-engineer-1, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen (right); flight-engineer-2, Kazakhstan cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on September 4. Volkov, Mogensen and Aimbetov will join current ISS expedition members Padalka, Kornienko, Kell
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On August 28, 2015 at 11:44 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Inmarsat 5F-3” telecommunication satellite. The Proton rocket returned to flight with the successful deployment of a powerful new communications satellite for Inmarsat of London in the workhorse rocket’s first flight since a launch failure in May. The launch returns the Proton rocket to service and puts Inmarsat on pace to inaugurate global operations of a next-generation satellite fleet by the end of the year to link users on ships and airplanes.
On August 28, 2015 the "Soyuz TMA-16M” spacecraft was redocked from the "Poisk” (MIM-2) module to the "Zvezda” module of the International Space Station. The operation was carried out manually by Soyuz commander, Russian cosmonaut Gennadiy Padalka. During the redocking the crew also consisted of Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and American astronauts Scott Kelly. Three other crew members – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui (油井 亀美也) and American astronaut Kjell Lindgren - were in the station following the redocking operation. The Soyuz TMA-16M undocked from the station at 07:12 UTC. The redocking mission lasted 18 minutes. At 07:30 UTC the spacecraft docked to the docking port of the "Zvezda” module. The docking port of the "Poisk” module is to be occupied by the Soyuz TMA-18M manned spacecraft, which is scheduled for lau
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