On February 15, 2020 at 20:21 UTC the "Cygnus” privately owned U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Antares-230” rocket-carrier. The "Cygnus” NG-13 (previously known as CRS OA-13) unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was orbited on its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. The "Cygnus” NG-13 is the 13th successful flight of the Orbital ATK uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus.
On 10 February 2020 Indian candidates for a spaceflight began the planned training program at the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center. The program has been performing under the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (part of the “Roscosmos” - Russian State Space Corporation) and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The contract was signed on 27 June 2019. The document implies the support of Glavkosmos in selection of candidates, their medical examination, and various aspects of space training. After thorough selection, the four Indian Air Force fighter pilots became the ISRO candidates for the spaceflight. The 12-month training program includes comprehensive and biomedical training of the Indian candidates, which will be combined with regular physical practices. In addition, they will study in detail the systems of the Soyuz manned spaceship, as well as they
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On February 6, 2020 at 09:13 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-13” landing capsule landed safely in a distance of about 147 kilometers to south-east from the city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 61 – Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and American astronaut Christina Koch. Aleksandr Skvortsov and Luca Parmitano spent in space 200 days and 16 hours; Christina Koch spent in space ... Read more »
On February 6, 2020 at 05:50 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-13” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 61 – Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and American astronaut Christina Koch.
On January 29, 2020 the “STPsat-4” satellite for US Air Force was launched from the International Space Station. It was launched from the “Kibo” module by using SSIKLOPS (the Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems). The satellite was transported to the space station by the “Cygnus” unmanned supply spacecraft in November 2019.
On January 25, 2020, American astronaut Andrew Morgan and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano performed the 4th spacewalk to finish the repairing of the AMS-02 cosmic ray detector. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 16 minutes. This was the 6th spacewalk for Luca Parmitano and the 7th for Andrew Morgan.
On January 20, 2020 American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir performed the third all-female spacewalk to finish installing a set of new solar array batteries aboard the ISS. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 58 minutes. It was the 6th spacewalk for Christina Koch and the 3rd one for Jessica Meir.
On January 15, 2020 American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir performed the second all-female spacewalk to install two powerful new lithium-ion batteries on the far left end of the station’s solar power truss. The EVA lasted 7 hours and 29 minutes. It was the 5th spacewalk for Christina Koch and the 2nd one for Jessica Meir.
On January 7, 2020 at 15:40 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean around 325 kilometers southwest of Long Beach, California. It was the "SpaceX CRS-19” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the 19th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking.
On January 7, 2020 at 08:41 UTC the station's robotic arm removed the Dragon capsule from its berthing port on the station’s Harmony module. Using a command issued from the mission control center, the robot arm released the Dragon CRS-19 spacecraft at 10:05 UTC. It was the 19th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking, including a demonstration flight in 2012.