On May 25, 2020 at 14:46 UTC the 9th Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV "Kounotori-9”) was installed on its berthing port of the "Harmony” module of the International Space Station. American astronauts Christopher Cassidy operating the Canadian-built arm, captured the HTV-9 “Kounotori” spacecraft at 12:13 UTC. HTV-9 is the last spacecraft of the current series of HTV cargo space vehicles. Japan is developing a more capable supply freighter named the HTV-X, which will deliver heavier payloads to the space station.
On May 22, 2020 at 07:31 UTC the “Soyuz-2.1B” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The rocket equipped with the “Fregat” booster orbited the Russian military satellite. The satellite was likely the 4th EKS (Tundra) missile warning satellites. The new generation of EKS satellites replace Russia’s Oko series of missile warning spacecraft, the last of which launched in 2012.
On May 20, 2020 at 17:31 UTC the Japanese HTV-9 (H-2 Transfer Vehicle) unmanned supply spacecraft 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 spacecraft was orbited by the Japanese H-2B rocket-carrier. The mission is Japan's 9th cargo delivery flight to the International Space station. The HTV-9 mission is also named Kounotori-9. Kounotori is the Japanese word for white stork. The spacecraft is to deliver about 6000 kilograms of cargo to the station’s crew. HTV-9 is the last spacecraft of the current series of HTV cargo space vehicles. Japan is developing a more capable supply freighter named the HTV-X, which will deliver heavier payloads to the space station.
On May 12, 2020, at 01:16 UTC the “Kuaizhou-1A” rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The solid-fueled rocket-carrier orbited the first 2 “Xingyun-2” communications satellites for the planned 80-satellite Xingyun communications and data relay constellation. Xingyun’s narrow-band Internet of Things constellation is one of multiple satellite fleets being developed by Chinese space companies.
On May 17, 2020 at 13:14 UTC the “Atlas-5” rocket was launched from SLC-41 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance. The rocket orbited the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B (mission OTV-6) spaceplane. The flight is the 6th time one of the Air Force’s two X-37B spaceplanes. OTV means the Orbital Test Vehicle. No details about the spaceplane’s altitude or orbital parameters were released for this mission. Shrouded in secrecy, the automated X-37B spaceplane is a reusable vehicle designed to deploy small satellites, host experiments, and pursue other classified objectives. Flying without any astronauts on-board, the vehicle generates electricity with a solar array and can autonomously guide itself to a runway landing at the end of each mission. The Air Force has disclosed it
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On May 11, 2020 at 13:00 UTC, the US "Cygnus” CRS-13 (NG-13 “Robert Lawrence”) unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. After that, the spacecraft, was released by using the “Canadarm-2” orbiting complex's huge robotic arm at 16:09 UTC. It was the 13th successful flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS.
On May 8, 2020 at 05:49 UTC the next-generation Chinese crew capsule (新一代载人试验飞船) landed after unpiloted test flight in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The capsule descended under three main parachutes and inflated airbags to cushion its landing, punctuating a high-speed re-entry designed to simulate conditions the spacecraft would encounter during a return from the moon. The next-generation Chinese spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the country’s planned space station, and eventually the moon.
On May 5, 2020 at 10:00 UTC the Chang Zheng-5B (Long March-5B) rocket-carrier was launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC), located in Wenchang on Hainan Island off China’s southern coastline. The rocket orbited the next-generation Chinese crew capsule (新一代载人试验飞船) without cosmonauts on a demonstration flight.
On April 25, 2020 at 05:12 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-14” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Zvezda” module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew.
On April 25, 2020 at 01:51 UTC the “Progress MS-14” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier. The Soyuz rocket was decorated to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Red Army and the Soviet people over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.