On March 17, 2018, at 07:10 UTC the “Long March –2D” (“Changzheng-2D”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the fourth in a series of high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites. The LKW-4 satellite will expand an orbiting fleet of reconnaissance space vehicles that likely serve for the Chinese military.
On March 9, 2018 at 10:06 UTC the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited 4 telecommunications satellites 03b (FM13-FM16).
On March 6, 2018 at 05:33 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by SpaceX company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the “Hispasa 30W-6” Spanish telecommunication satellite.
On March 1, 2018 at 22:02 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 “GOES-S” meteorological satellite.
On February 28, 2018 at 02:31 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-06” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 54 – Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin, American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba. They spent in space 168 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai remained in orbit aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 55 crew. The undocking of Soyuz MS-06 marked the e
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On February 27, 2018 at 23:08 UTC (on February 28, 2018 at 02:08 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz MS-06” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 54 – Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin, American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba.
On February 27, 2018 at 04:34 UTC the H-2A/202 rocket-carrier was launched from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan's primary launching base off the southern coast of the main islands. The rocket orbited the “IGS-Optical-6” (Information Gathering Satellite-Optical-6, 情報収集衛星光学6) spy satellite.
On February 22, 2018 at 14:17 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by Space X company supported by the 30th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited three satellites: the “Paz” Spanish military radar observation craft and two (Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b) experimental satellites for SpaceX’s planned global broadband network.
On February 16, 2018, American astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai performed a spacewalk. The astronauts repositioned two robot arm grapple mechanisms following repair work last month. The non-working mechanical manipulator gripper will eventually be returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, refurbished and re-launched. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 5 hours and 57 minutes. This was the fourth spacewalk for Mark Vande Hei and the first for Norishige Kanai, who is the fourth Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
On February 15, 2018 at 10:38 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-08” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Zvezda” (“Star”) module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew.