On July 2, 2018 at 13:50 UTC, the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-15 (CRS-15 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 astronaut Richard Arnold at 10:54 UTC. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module by ground controllers in Houston and Canada. This docking marked the 15th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.
On June 29, 2018 at 09:42 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-15 flight also known as SpX-15) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 16th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 15th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.
On June 27, 2018 at 03:30 UTC the Chang Zheng-2C (Long March-2C) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited two Earth observation satellites. Their names were not officially announced, but Chinese officials said the twin spacecraft will conduct tests of inter-satellite networking links and Earth observation technology.
On June 14, 2018, American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold performed a spacewalk. The astronauts installed two new cameras on the “Harmony” module of the ISS. The cameras will provide views of commercial crew space vehicles during final approach and docking. The spacewalkers also replaced a faulty high-definition camera. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 49 minutes. This was the 9th spacewalk for Andrew Feustel and the 5th for Richard Arnold.
On June 12, 2018 at 04:20 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 Japanese government “IGS-Radar-6” reconnaissance satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar imaging payload capable of resolving objects on the ground day and night, regardless of weather conditions.
On June 8, 2018 at 13:01 UTC the Russian "Soyuz MS-09” spacecraft docked with the Russian “Rassvet” (MIM-1) module of the International Space Station.
The spacecraft delivered 3 new members of Expedition 56 to the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold.
Soyuz MS-09 launch cover. The cover was autographed by the “Soyuz MS-09” crew: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev; German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor.
On June 6, 2018 at 11:12 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-09” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev (center), German astronaut Alexander Gerst (right) and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on June 8. Prokopiev, Gerst and Auñón-Chancellor will join current ISS expedition
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On June 5, 2018 at 13:07 UTC the Chang Zheng-3A (Long March-3A) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the “Fengyun-2H №9” (FY-2H) weather satellite.
On June 4, 2018 at 04:45 UTC the " Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbitedthe “SES-12” telecommunication satellite.