On January 16, 2017 six micro satellites were launched from the board of the International Space Station. The ITF-2, Freedom and Waseda-Sat3 satellites were launched at 09:11 UTC. The EGG (re-Entry satellite with Gossamer aeroshell and GPS/Iridium) satellite was launched at 09:20 UTC. The “AOBA-Velox III” satellite was launched at 10:40 UTC. The “TuPOD” satellite was launched at 10:50 UTC. The satellites were transported to the space station by the Japanese "Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft in December 2016.
On January 14, 2017 at 17:54 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by SpaceX company. The rocket orbited 10 “Iridium NEXT” satellites. SpaceX’s “Falcon-9” rocket resumed service after an explosive setback last year (September 1).
On January 13, 2017, American astronauts Robert Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet performed the spacewalk to complete complex battery replacement work on the right side of the International Space Station’s solar power truss with enough time left over to carry out a variety of lower-priority “get-ahead” tasks. The EVA lasted 5 hours and 58 minutes. It was the 4th EVA for Kimbrough and the first for Pesquet.
On January 9, 2017, at 04:11 UTC the “Kuaizhou-1A №Y1” rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. Kuaizhou means “speedy vessel” in Chinese. The rocket orbited three small satellites to collect high-definition video and test communications technologies.