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Russian “Proton” orbited heavy communications satellite.

On June 8, 2017 at 03:45 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Echostar-21” telecommunication satellite. Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, the “Echostar-21” satellite weighed around 6,9 tons, making it one of the most massive commercial communications spacecraft ever launched, and the heaviest commercial payload ever flown on a Proton rocket.

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Dragon CRS-11 spacecraft docked to space station.

On June 5, 2017 at 13:52 UTC the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-11 (CRS-11 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 astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module. This docking marked the 11th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.

Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 20 | Date: 08.07.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

India tested new launcher.

On June 5, 2017 at 11:58 UTC, the GSLV Mk.III (D1) rocket-carrier was launched from Satish Dhawan (Sriharikota) spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The upgraded Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, named GSLV MK.3, orbited the GSAT 19 communications satellite.

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Letter from Sweden to the Space Station.

Being a participant of the XXVIII Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemjev sent this letter from Sweden to Russia. Then the letter was delivered to the International Space Station to Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov. 

The letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian “Progress MS-01” unmanned supply spacecraft. To document the delivery, the letter was postmarked with all proper board seals dated 23 December 2015, the day when the “Progress MS-01” spacecraft docked to the Space Station. During more than 37 years of space ... Read more »

Category: Space Mail | Looking through: 40 | Date: 05.07.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

Cygnus CRS-7 spacecraft was undocked from space station.

On June 4, 2017, the US "Cygnus” (CRS OA-7 “John Glenn”) unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. The spacecraft, which had been attached to the space station since April 22, 2017, was released by astronauts aboard the station using the orbiting complex's huge robotic arm at 13:10 UTC. American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson managed the departure procedures from a robotics work station inside the cupola module. It was the 7th successful flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS. But Cygnus CRS-7 spacecraft’s mission is not over.

Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 19 | Date: 05.07.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

Dragon (CRS-11) supply spacecraft launched to ISS.

On June 3, 2017 at 21:07 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from LP-39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-11 flight also known as SpX-11) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 12th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 11th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.

Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 19 | Date: 05.07.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft landed.

On June 2, 2017 at 14:10 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-03” landing capsule landed safely to south-east from the city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

photo by Reuters

The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 2 members of ISS’s Expedition 51 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. They spent in space 197 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson remained in orbit aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 52 crew. The undocking of Soyuz MS-0 ... Read more »

Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 31 | Date: 03.07.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

Russian Soyuz MS-03 undocked from ISS.

On June 02, 2017 at 10:47 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-03” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 2 members of Expedition 51 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

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Ariane-5 orbited 2 high-value communications satellites.

On June 1, 2017 at 23:45 UTC the Ariane 5” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the American “ViaSat-2” and the French "Eutelsat 172B” telecommunication satellites.

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Japan launched navigation satellite.

On June 1, 2017 at 00:17 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the “QZS-2” (Quasi-Zenith Satellite-2) navigation satellite to help augment Global Positioning System services over the Japanese Islands and the Asia Pacific Region by increasing GPS availability and accuracy.

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