On April 22, 2020 at 03:59 UTC the “Qased” (also “Ghased”, Persian: قاصد, “messenger”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Shahroud missile range in the northeastern part of the country. The launch site is situated in Dasht-e Kavir Desert (also known as Kavir-e Namak and the Great Salt Desert) is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau. The rocket orbited the Iranian “Noor” (meaning 'light' in Persian) military satellite. This mission was the first successful satellite launch by Iran since February 2015, but it was the first by the previously-unknown “Qased” rocket-carrier.
On April 17, 2020 at 05:16 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-15” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 62 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, American astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan. Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir spent in space 205 days; Andrew Morgan – 272 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner a
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On April 17, 2020 at 01:53 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-15” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 62 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, American astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan.
On April 9, 2020 at 14:13 UTC the Russian "Soyuz MS-16” spacecraft docked with the Russian “Poisk” module of the International Space Station. The spacecraft delivered 3 members of Expedition 63 to the ISS, Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy. The new comers joined current ISS Expedition 62 members – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, American astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan.
On April 9, 2020 at 11:48 UTC the "Chang Zheng-3B” (Long March-3B) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket was to orbit the “Palapa-N1” (Nusantara-2) Indonesian communications satellite. But the rocket malfunctioned minutes later some time during the planned burn of the third stage of the rocket-carrier.
On April 9, 2020 at 08:05 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-16” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-2.1A” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin (center) and Ivan Vagner (right) as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy (left).
On April 7, 2020 at 18:50 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles. It was the "SpaceX CRS-20” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the 20th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking and the final mission under a 20-flight Cargo Resupply Services contact between SpaceX and NASA.It was the last flight of Dragon cargo spacecraft under Commercial Resupply Services phase 1.The second contract (CRS-2) was awarded in January 2016 and will begin with the SpaceX CRS-21 mission planned for October 2020 us
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On April 7, 2020 at 10:30 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-20 spacecraft at 13:06 UTC. It was the 20th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking, including a demonstration flight in 2012.For the final time, a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was released from the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Beginning later this year, SpaceX will fly upgraded Dragon cargo spaceships that will dock automatically with the space station.
On 26 March 2020 at 20:17 UTC the "Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the AEFH-6 ultra-secure military satellite. Military officials have not disclosed the geographic coverage area for AEHF 6. Designed to operate at least 14 years, the AEHF satellites are follow-ons to the US Air Force’s Milstar satellite network. The AEHF satellites are cross-linked with one another, allowing the network to beam signals around the world without going through a ground station.
On March 24, 2020 at 03:43 UTC the "Chang Zheng-2C” (Long March-2C) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited three “Yaogan-30” military satellites. The exact purpose of the “Yaogan-30” satellites remains a secret. Information released by Chinese state media said the satellites are designed for “remote sensing” missions, and will be “used for electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests.” The “Yaogan” series of satellites are believed to be operated by the Chinese military for intelligence-gathering purposes.