On August 19, 2017 at 05:29 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 “Michibiki” navigation satellite.
On August 18, 2017 at 12:29 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 TDRS-13 telecommunication satellite (TDRS-M, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite).
On August 17, 2017, Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazansky performed the extra vehicle activities (EVA – spacewalk). The cosmonauts launched five small science and technology satellites overboard and spent the rest of the spacewalk servicing external experiments and carrying out routine but time-consuming inspections and maintenance. They also installed 10 temperature sensors on the “Poisk” module and serviced another external experiment. The EVA lasted 7 hours and 34 minutes. It was the 9th EVA overall for Yurchikhin and the 4th for Ryazanskiy.
On August 16, 2017 at 22:07 UTC (on August 17 at 01:07 Moscow time) the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Kosmos-2520” communications satellite.
On July 13, 2017, the Russian Federal Communications Agency issued the postal stationery (a post card) devoted to the Russian “Gonets” (Messenger) civilian low Earth orbit communication satellite system. The first two satellites, which were used to test and validate the system, were launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 13 July 1992.
On August 16, 2017, the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-12 (CRS-12 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 Jack Fisher at 10:52 UTC. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module. This docking marked the 12th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.
On August 14, 2017 at 16:31 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 supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-12 flight also known as SpX-12) unmanned spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It is the 13th successful flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 12th successful flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.
On 15 December 2016, the Russian Federal Communications Agency issued the postal stationery (a post card) devoted to the new Russian Cosmodrome, Vostochny (Eastern Spaceport). The picture on the post card depictures the first launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome performed on 28 April 2016.
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On August 2, 2017 at 01:58 UTC (on August 1 at 22:58 local time) the “Vega” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “OPTSAT-3000” and the “Venus” satellites. Both satellites were built by Israel Aerospace Industries. The “Optsat 3000” is Italy’s first optical surveillance satellite designed for a lifetime of at least seven years, carries a Jupiter remote sensing camera provided by Israel-based Elbit Systems Ltd. capable of resolving objects on the ground smaller than a half-meter. The “Venus” (VENµS, Venus, Vegetation and Environment Monitoring New Micro-Satellite) mission is a 50-50 collaboration between Israel and France. “Venus” will take pictures of vegetation, glaciers, coastlines and other features from its high orbital position.
On July 29, 2017 at 00:55 Moscow time (on July 28 at 21:55 UTC) the Russian "Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft docked with the Russian “Rassvet” (MIM-1) module of the International Space Station.
The spacecraft delivered 3 new members of Expedition 52 to the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, American astronaut Randolph Bresnik and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fisher.