|Russian “Progress MS-09” spacecraft docked to Space Station.
On July 10, 2018 at 01:31 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-09” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station less than four hours (about 3 hours and 40 minutes) after blastoff from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Pirs” (SO-1) module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew. The Progress spacecraft completed fastest-ever trip to the International Space Station.
|China launched Beidou satellite.
On July 9, 2018 at 20:58 UTC, the Chang Zheng-3A (Long March-3A) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the Chinese "Beidou-2-17” (Compass) navigation satellite.
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|China launched two satellites for Pakistan.
On July 9, 2018, at 03:56 the “Long March –2C” (“Changzheng-2C”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited two satellites for Pakistan’s national space agency. The Pakistan “PRSS-1” Remote Sensing Satellite was the mission’s primary payload. The satellite was built in China by DFH Satellite Co. Ltd. An experimental Earth observation satellite named “PAKTES-1A”, designed and built in Pakistan with contributions from South Africa was orbited by the same rocket.
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|Dragon CRS-15 spacecraft docked to space station.
On July 2, 2018 at 13:50 UTC, the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-15 (CRS-15 flight), was successfully docked to the International Space Station. The linkup operation was carried out with the help of the giant 17-meter Canadarm. The capture with Canadarm-2 was performed by American astronaut Richard Arnold at 10:54 UTC. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module by ground controllers in Houston and Canada. This docking marked the 15th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.
|Dragon (CRS-15) supply spacecraft launched to ISS.
On June 29, 2018 at 09:42 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from SLC-40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-15 flight also known as SpX-15) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 16th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 15th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.