On September 1, 2016 American astronauts Jeffrey Williams and Kathleen Rubins performed the spacewalk for retracting a spare cooling radiator, installing two high-definition TV cameras and inspecting a massive solar array rotation mechanism that has experience subtle vibrations in recent months. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 48 minutes. It was the 5th spacewalk for Jeffrey Williams and the 2nd spacewalk for Kathleen Rubins.
On September 1, 2016 at 13:07 UTC the “Falcon-9” rocket exploded in the final minutes of a simulated countdown at Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force, destroying the booster and an Israeli communications satellite valued at nearly $200 million. The “Falcon-9” was scheduled to blast off on September 3 with the “Amos-6” satellite, a nearly 6-ton commercial television and Internet broadcast platform owned by Spacecom Ltd. of Israel. Falcon 9 is a family of two-stage launch vehicles designed and manufactured by SpaceX.
On August 31, 2016 at 18:55 UTC (on September 1, 2016 at 02:55 Beijing time) the “Long March – 4C” (“Changzheng-4C”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket was to orbit the “Gaofen-10” Earth observation satellite. A U.S. Air Force spokesperson said Friday that the military has not detected any objects deployed in orbit by a Chinese Long March rocket launch Wednesday, but China’s official media outlets still have not acknowledged the apparent failure. Western experts suggest something went wrong with the upper stage of the “Long March 4C” rocket, and the “Gaofen-10” satellite did not attain enough speed to enter orbit.
On August 26, 2016 at 15:47 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at several hundred kilometers from Long Beach, California, USA. The Dragon delivered to Earth 1547 kilograms of cargo. It was the "SpaceX CRS-9” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the 9th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking.
On August 26, 2016 the station's robotic arm removed the “Dragon” SpX-9 (CRS-9 flight) unmanned supply spacecraft from a berthing port on the Harmony module of the International Space Station. Controlled by ground controllers and then American astronaut Kathleen Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi, the robotic arm let go of the "Dragon” resupply vehicle at 10:11 UTC.
On August 24, 2016 at 22:18 UTC the “Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “Intelsat IS-33e” and the “Intelsat IS-36” telecommunications satellites. Intelsat is one of the world’s largest commercial satellite operators. Both spacecraft will fire on-board thrusters in the coming weeks to reach their final operating positions in geostationary orbit. At an altitude of nearly 35 800 kilometers, the satellites will fly around Earth’s equator at the same speed the planet rotates, allowing the platforms to see the same part of the world at all times.