On August 24, 2019 at 05:30 UTC, the Russian “Soyuz MS-14” spacecraft was to dock with the ISS. Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Aleksey Ovchinin aboard the International Space Station commanded an approaching “Soyuz MS-14” unpiloted spacecraft to abort its docking after the spaceship’s automated rendezvous system ran into trouble, leaving ground teams assessing what went wrong and whether to attempt another link-up in orbit. There is no cosmonaut abroad to take manual control, as would be the case on a typical Soyuz mission. The “Soyuz MS-14” is also not outfitted with the TORU system, which flies on “Progress” cargo spaceships, allowing cosmonauts inside the space station to take remote control of the spacecraft for docking if necessary, using a video feed from the approaching vehicle for cues.
On August 22, 2019 at 03:38 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-14” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier. The “Soyuz MS-14” spaceship was launched without a crew. It is the first “Soyuz” crew spacecraft to fly without cosmonauts in 33 years — to allow Russian engineers to conducted a fully automated test flight. The experimental mission is to test the compatibility of the “Soyuz” spacecraft with the upgraded “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier, a modernized variant of the venerable Russian rocket family that is slated to begin launching crews next March. There was a robot rather than a cosmonaut in the commander’s seat. The spacecraft is to dock with the ISS.
On August 21, 2019, American astronauts Andrew Morgan and Tyler «Nick» Hague performed a spacewalk to help connect a newly-arrived docking port to the ISS. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 2 minutes. This was the third spacewalk for Nick Hague and the first for Andrew Morgan.
On August 6, 2019 the US "Cygnus” CRS-11 (NG-11 “S.S. Roger Chaffee”) unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. After that, the spacecraft, was released by US astronaut Nick Hague aboard the station using the “Canadarm-2” orbiting complex's huge robotic arm at 16:15 UTC. It was the 11th successful flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS. After the undocking, the spacecraft will begin an extended four-month mission for additional technology demonstrations and smallsat deployments.
Soyuz MS-13 launch covers. The covers were autographed by the “Soyuz MS-13” crew: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and American astronaut Andrew Morgan.
On July 31, 2019 at 15:29 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-12” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station in about 3 and 19 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.The previous fastest-ever trip to the ISS was performed by the Russian “Progress MS-11” unmanned supply spacecraft on 4 April 2019. The “Progress MS-12” beat the flight time of the previous Progress resupply mission by two minutes.
On July 31, 2019 at 12:10 UTC the “Progress MS-12” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier.
On July 29, 2019 at 10:44 UTC the “Progress MS-11” unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. At the same day, the spacecraft was deorbited. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft drowned in the remote area of the Pacific at 14:32 UTC.
On July 27, 2019 at 16:01 UTC, the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-18 (CRS-18 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 US astronaut Nick Hague at 13:11 UTC. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module. This docking marked the 18th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012. The Dragon spacecraft delivered 2312 kilograms of supplies, equipment and research investigations for the station’s 6-person Expedition 60 crew.
On July 25, 2019 at 22:01 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-18 flight also known as SpX-18) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 19th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 18th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.