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Artykuły o International Space Station (ISS)
« dnia: Marzec 04, 2022, 15:40 »
Historia polityczna ISS https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=3822.msg137885#msg137885
News 2023 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4987.msg182092#msg182092
Axiom https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4123.msg145511#msg145511
Polaris Program https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4965.msg174416#msg174416
EVA https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4406.msg175418#msg175418

Starliner CST-100 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=3821.msg177169#msg177169

2021-2022

Crew-2 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4413.msg157142#msg157142
Inspiration4 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4471.msg161412#msg161412
Crew-3 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4320.msg154676#msg154676

Soyuz MS-18 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4462.msg160771#msg160771
Soyuz MS-19 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4791.msg170181#msg170181
Soyuz MS-20 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4584.msg164771#msg164771

Next-generation cargo Dragon https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4313.msg154451#msg154451
Progress MS https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4440.msg158799#msg158799
NG Cygnus https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4442.msg158948#msg158948
Nauka module https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4708.msg167689#msg167689

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ISS aftrer https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=3221.msg174780#msg174780
New Shepard https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=3495.msg174621#msg174621
Virgin Galactic https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=3432.msg174779#msg174779

Artemis 1 https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=4533.msg177223#msg177223
Artemis program https://www.forum.kosmonauta.net/index.php?topic=3681.msg173557#msg173557

Other ISS partners start planning for extension to 2030
by Jeff Foust — January 9, 2022 [SN]


Officials with the Canadian Space Agency and Japanese space agency JAXA said that they will now consider extending their participation in the ISS to 2030 after the U.S. formally committed to an extension. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — The White House’s decision to extend operations of the International Space Station through the end of the decade is a “trigger” for other partners to make their own plans to continue participation in the station.

NASA announced Dec. 31 that the Biden administration agreed to continue operations of the ISS to 2030. Federal law, last updated in 2015, authorized operations of the station through at least 2024.
https://spacenews.com/other-iss-partners-start-planning-for-extension-to-2030/

Bigelow Aerospace transfers BEAM space station module to NASA
by Jeff Foust — January 21, 2022 [SN]


NASA took ownership of the BEAM inflatable module on the ISS from Bigelow Aerospace when Bigelow's engineering contract with NASA expired in December. Credit: NASA/Bigelow

WASHINGTON — NASA has hired a new company to provide engineering support for an inflatable module on the International Space Station originally built and managed by Bigelow Aerospace.

In a Jan. 18 procurement filing, NASA announced it awarded a $250,000 contract to ATA Engineering of San Diego, California, to provide engineering support services for the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), an inflatable module added to the station in 2016. The module was built by Bigelow Aerospace, which had provided support for the module until December.
https://spacenews.com/bigelow-aerospace-transfers-beam-space-station-module-to-nasa/

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s space station computer is in demand
by Debra Werner — January 24, 2022 [SN]


Mark Fernandez, principal investigator for Spaceborne Computer-2. Credit: HPE

Q&A with Mark Fernandez, principal investigator for HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2

Since traveling in February 2020 to the International Space Station, Spaceborne Computer-2 has completed 20 experiments focused on health care, communications, Earth observation and life sciences. Still, the queue for access to the off-the-shelf commercial computer linked to Microsoft’s Azure cloud keeps growing.
https://spacenews.com/hewlett-packard-enterprises-space-station-computer-is-in-demand/

Skycorp to test “USB for space” cable outside ISS
by Debra Werner — March 2, 2022 [SN]


Skycorp's Intelligent Space Systems Interface Flight Qualification Experiment traveled to the International Space Station in February on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo vehicle. Astronauts have assembled the payload which is scheduled to be installed tomorrow on a space station external platform. Credit: NASA

SAN FRANCISCO – Skycorp Inc., a California company focused on orbital logistics, is preparing to test a key component of future satellite servicing vehicles on the International Space Station.

Within days testing will begin of the robotic connector developed by Germany’s iBoss GmbH to transmit power and data like a computer’s USB cable, alongside a Skycorp computer and a radiation sensor built by Space Environmental Technologies and jointly funded by the Defense Department and NASA Science Mission Directorate.
https://spacenews.com/skycorp-iss-connector-demonstration/

Russian cosmonaut secures U.S. visa after initial denial

NASA awards SpaceX three additional commercial crew missions
by Jeff Foust — March 3, 2022. Updated 5:30 p.m. Eastern with NASA comment on contract value.  [SN]


NASA will pay SpaceX more than $750 million for three additional Crew Dragon missions to the ISS. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA ordered three more commercial crew missions to the International Space Station from SpaceX Feb. 28 at a price of more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.

Source: https://spacenews.com/nasa-awards-spacex-three-additional-commercial-crew-missions/

Space station operations remain normal despite geopolitical tensions
by Jeff Foust — March 15, 2022 [SN]


NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will return to Earth March 30 on a Soyuz spacecraft, plans unchanged by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has not affected operations of the International Space Station or plans for a NASA astronaut to return home on a Soyuz spacecraft late this month, according to agency officials.

At a March 14 briefing about a pair of upcoming spacewalks at the station, Joel Montalbano, NASA ISS program manager, emphasized repeatedly that the geopolitical tensions on Earth between Russia and the West have not extended to the ISS.

Source: https://spacenews.com/space-station-operations-remain-normal-despite-geopolitical-tensions/

NASA: Space station operations continue smoothly despite Ukraine invasion
March 14, 2022 William Harwood [SFN]
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION


NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei inside the cupola at the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, his ride back to Earth, is seen in the background. Credit: NASA

Despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and worsening relations, joint operation of the International Space Station continues normally with plans in place to bring NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei back to Earth as planned aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft at the end of the month, a senior NASA manager said Monday.

Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/14/nasa-says-space-station-operations-continue-smoothly-despite-ukraine-invasion/

Three-man Russian crew ready for launch to International Space Station
March 17, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


Russian cosmonauts Sergey Korsakov, Oleg Artemyev, and Denis Matveev during a training session inside their Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft. Credit: Roscosmos

Three cosmonauts set to kick off a six-and-a-half month expedition in orbit will launch Friday on Russia’s first mission to the International Space Station since the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

A Soyuz rocket set to launch from Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:55 a.m. EDT (1555 GMT) with the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft carrying veteran Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and rookie space fliers Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov.

Liftoff is set for 8:55 p.m. local time at Baikonur.

Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/17/three-man-russian-crew-ready-for-launch-to-international-space-station/

Soyuz carries three cosmonauts to station as Nelson touts cooperation
March 18, 2022 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION [SFN]


With the arrival of three new cosmonauts, the International Space Station is home to a crew of 10 through March 30. Credit: Roscosmos

Three cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Friday, caught up with the International Space Station after a two-orbit rendezvous and moved in for docking at a newly arrived Russian module. The cosmonauts are replacing three crew members — two Russians and an American — who are heading home at the end of the month to close out a record-setting flight.

Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/18/soyuz-carries-three-cosmonauts-to-station-as-nelson-touts-cooperation/

SpaceX’s new Dragon spaceship named ‘Freedom’
March 25, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, pilot Bob Hines, commander Kjell Lindgren, and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti pose with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s fourth human-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft has been named “Freedom” by the first team of astronauts who will ride it into orbit next month.

Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/25/spacexs-new-dragon-spaceship-named-freedom/

U of U Health experiment prepared for launch to International Space Station
MARCH 29, 2022 Doug Dollemore science writer, Science Communications, University of Utah Health [attheu.utah]

The perils of space flight often seem as boundless as the universe around us. From blastoff to splashdown, astronauts are exposed to a withering array of health hazards, including exposure to cosmic radiation, loss of muscle mass, lowered immunity, high blood pressure and increased risk of infections that can have lingering effects.

Source: https://attheu.utah.edu/uncategorized/u-of-u-health-experiment-prepared-for-launch-to-international-space-station/

NASA astronaut, two cosmonauts set for Wednesday return to Earth
March 29, 2022 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION  [SFN]


NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei in his Russian Sokol launch and entry spacesuit. Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, launched by Russia to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft last April, returns this week to a world torn by war in Ukraine and escalating superpower tension as he closes out a 355-day stay in orbit, the longest single flight by a U.S. astronaut.

Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/29/nasa-astronaut-two-cosmonauts-set-for-wednesday-return-to-earth/

Soyuz returns astronaut and cosmonauts from space station
by Jeff Foust — March 30, 2022 [SN]


The Soyuz MS-19 capsule seconds before touching down in Kazakhstan, returning a NASA astronaut and two Roscosmos cosmonauts. Credit: NASA TV

WASHINGTON — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed in Kazakhstan March 30, an ordinary end of a mission in extraordinary times.

The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft landed in the designated landing zone in Kazakhstan at 7:28 a.m. Eastern, four hours after undocking from the International Space Station. The landing appeared to go as planned, with the Soyuz commander, Anton Shkaplerov, saying “we’re feeling great” as the Soyuz descended.

Source: https://spacenews.com/soyuz-returns-astronaut-and-cosmonauts-from-space-station/

Vande Hei, Crewmates Back Home After Longest Single U.S. Human Space Mission
by Ben Evans March 30, 2022 [AS]


Less than a year before his selection into NASA’s Astronaut Corps, Mark Vande Hei is pictured at his console in Mission Control during the STS-126 shuttle mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten days shy of a full year since he departed Earth, NASA’s Mark Vande Hei is safely back on terra firma, following Wednesday’s successful landing of Soyuz MS-19 on the desolate steppe of south-central Kazakhstan. Riding shoulder-to-shoulder with Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and his one-year buddy Pyotr Dubrov, Vande Hei wrapped up America’s longest single human spaceflight, smashing Scott Kelly’s earlier 340-day record from his 2015-2016 “One Year Mission”. With Soyuz MS-19’s safe return, Vande Hei has now logged 355 days, three hours and 45 minutes in space, since his launch last 9 April.

Source: https://www.americaspace.com/2022/03/30/vande-hei-crewmates-back-home-after-longest-single-u-s-human-space-mission/

NASA astronaut ends record-long, 355-day spaceflight at ISS, returns to Earth in Russian capsule
Marcia Dunn March 30, 2022  |  Associated Press [FT]

(...) Despite escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Vladimir Putin's war with Ukraine, Vande Hei's return followed customary procedures. A small NASA team of doctors and other staff was on hand for the touchdown and planned to return immediately to Houston with the 55-year-old astronaut.

Even before Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Vande Hei said he was avoiding the subject with his two Russian crewmates. Despite getting along "fantastically ... I'm not sure we really want to go there," he said.

Source: https://eu.floridatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/03/30/us-astronaut-returns-earth-after-record-breaking-trip-iss/7215779001/

NASA astronaut back on Earth after record-setting flight
March 30, 2022 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION [SFN]


NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei gives a thumbs-up after landing in Kazakhstan, closing out 355 days in space. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

(...) In any case, Vande Hei downplayed the new U.S. record before leaving the space station, saying “I don’t think it’s a record that I would even attribute to me, it’s a record for our space program.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Scott and Christina, both,” he said in a NASA interview. “And I know they would both be extremely happy, as the explorers that they are, to see that we’re furthering exploration, we’re getting people into space for longer and longer periods of time.”

After a two-hour flight aboard a Russian helicopter to an airport in Karaganda, Vande Hei faced a long flight back to his home in Houston aboard a NASA jet while Shkaplerov and Dubrov headed home to the cosmonaut training center in Star City near Moscow.

Like all space station astronauts, Vande Hei spent two hours a day working out with resistive weights, strapped onto a zero-gravity treadmill or riding in place on an exercise bike. (...)

Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/30/record-setting-nasa-astronaut-back-on-earth-after-record-setting-flight/

https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/03/30/soyuz-ms-19-landing-mission-status-center/

NASA still working with Russia on ISS seat barter agreement
by Jeff Foust — April 1, 2022 [SN]


Future private astronaut missions to the International Space Station, flying on vehicles like SpaceX’s Crew Dragon (above), will be charged higher prices by NASA to reflect the true cost of supporting those visits. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA officials say they are still hopeful to complete a seat barter agreement with Russia in time to allow an exchange of seats on missions this fall despite the tensions between Russia and the West.

At briefings March 31 about the upcoming Crew-4 Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for launch April 20, agency officials said they were still waiting for Roscosmos and Russia’s foreign ministry to approve an agreement that would allow Russian cosmonauts to fly on commercial crew vehicles in exchange for NASA astronauts flying on Soyuz spacecraft to the station.

Source: https://spacenews.com/nasa-still-working-with-russia-on-iss-seat-barter-agreement/

Rogozin delays decision on space station future
by Jeff Foust — April 3, 2022 [SN]


Dmitry Rogozin (right), seen here with Vladimir Putin in 2019, said April 2 he would make recommendations in the "near future" on Russia's continued participation in the ISS, but made no immediate changes to the partnership. Credit: Kremlin.ru

DENVER — After Western nations refused his demand to end sanctions on Russian companies involved in the International Space Station, the head of Roscosmos said he will make recommendations in the “near future” on Russia’s continued participation in the station, but there are no signs of any near-term changes in station operations.

Dmitry Rogozin had set a March 31 deadline for the United States and other Western nations to lift sanctions on two Russian companies, TsNIMash and Rocket and Space Centre Progress, that support ISS operations. Rogozin warned in March he would make a decision of some kind if sanctions were not lifted, but declined to elaborate on the decision.
https://spacenews.com/rogozin-delays-decision-on-space-station-future/
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Vande Hei Discusses Longest Single U.S. Human Space Mission
by Ben Evans April 5, 2022 [AS]


Mark Vande Hei works on the Cardinal Muscle experiment in August 2021. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a week after wrapping up the longest single space mission ever undertaken by a U.S. astronaut, Mark Vande Hei took time early Tuesday to discuss his record-setting 355-day increment aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Vande Hei returned to Earth on 30 March aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, shoulder-to-shoulder with Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov. The trio—with Dubrov having also spent 355 days in space with Vande Hei, as Shkaplerov concluded a 176-day mission—alighted on the desolate steppe of south-central Kazakhstan, about 90 miles (150 kilometres) from the remote town of Jezkazgan.
https://www.americaspace.com/2022/04/05/vande-hei-discusses-longest-single-u-s-human-space-mission/

SpaceX rolls out Falcon 9 rocket for next NASA crew launch
April 19, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX rolls a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon crew spacecraft out of the hangar at pad 39A Tuesday morning. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

SpaceX rolled a reused Falcon 9 booster and a brand new Dragon crew capsule to their launch pad for final tests Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a day after the astronauts who will ride the spacecraft to the space station arrived for pre-flight preparations.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/04/19/spacex-rolls-out-falcon-9-rocket-for-next-nasa-crew-launch/

Axiom’s private crew gets extra time on space station after landing delay
April 20, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


The 11-person crew currently on-board the International Space Station, including the Ax-1 commercial astronauts wearing blue flight suits. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now

The four-man crew flying on Axiom’s first private mission to the International Space Station is getting some extra time on the orbiting complex this week. Managers have extended their stay until at least Thursday night due to bad weather in SpaceX’s splashdown zones off the coast of Florida.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/04/20/axioms-private-astronaut-crew-gets-extra-time-on-space-station-after-weather-delays-landing/

Next SpaceX crew launch on hold to wait for return of private astronaut mission
April 20, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


Astronauts Jessica Watkins, Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Samantha Cristoforetti inside the Crew Access Arm at Launch Complex 39A early Wednesday for a dress rehearsal. Credit: SpaceX

The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the next crew to the International Space Station has been postponed from Saturday, a ripple effect from weather delays in returning a team of commercial astronauts from the outpost back to Earth, NASA officials said Wednesday.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/04/20/crew-4-delayed-to-wait-for-ax-1-return/

Astronauts Arrive for Crew-4 Launch to Space Station Saturday
by Mike Killian April 19, 2022 [AS]


NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, all smiles after landing at Kennedy Space Center for their launch to the International Space Station on the Crew-4 mission with SpaceX on April 23. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace

NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti arrived at Kennedy Space Center yesterday (April 18) for their launch to the International Space Station. Dubbed ’Crew 4’, the mission is set to blast off from pad 39A on a SpaceX Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket on April 23 at 5:26 a.m. EDT.
https://www.americaspace.com/2022/04/19/astronauts-arrive-for-crew-4-launch-to-space-station-saturday/

NASA expects decisions on ISS crew swaps by June
by Jeff Foust — April 26, 2022 [SN]


NASA Administrator BIll Nelson said April 26 he remained confident that Russia would remain a partner on the International Space Station for the long term. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

WASHINGTON — NASA says it expects to know by June whether a Russian cosmonaut will fly on a Crew Dragon mission in September in exchange for a NASA astronaut flying on a Soyuz, as the agency’s leadership continues to express optimism about long-term cooperation with Russia on the space station.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-expects-decisions-on-iss-crew-swaps-by-june/

Falcon 9 launches Crew-4 mission to space station
by Jeff Foust — April 27, 2022 [SN]


A Falcon 9 lifts off April 27 on the Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

WASHINGTON — Four American and European astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station after their launch on a Crew Dragon spacecraft April 27, less than two days after another spacecraft returned from the station.
https://spacenews.com/falcon-9-launches-crew-4-mission-to-space-station/

Crew-4 arrives at ISS
by Jeff Foust — April 28, 2022 [SN]


A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with the ISS April 27, less than 16 hours after liftoff from Florida. Credit: NASA TV

WASHINGTON — A Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station with a new set of American and European astronauts April 27.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft Freedom docked with the station at 7:37 p.m. Eastern. Hatches separating the spacecraft and station opened about an hour and a half later.
https://spacenews.com/crew-4-arrives-at-iss/

Emirati astronaut to fly long-duration space station mission
by Jeff Foust — April 30, 2022 [SN]


Salem AlMarri (seated left), director general of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, and Michael Suffredini (seated right), president and CEO of Axiom Space, at a signing ceremony for a contract where Axiom will fly an Emirati astronaut on a commercial crew mission in 2023. Credit: Dubai Media Office

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates will fly an astronaut on a long-duration mission to the International Space Station through an agreement with Axiom Space.
https://spacenews.com/emirati-astronaut-to-fly-long-duration-space-station-mission/

ISS partnership feeling some effects of sanctions on Russia
by Jeff Foust — May 13, 2022 [SN]


While day-to-day operations of the ISS continue without "serious interruptions," there are some impacts for NASA personnel in Russia created by sanctions against the country. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — While operations of the International Space Station continue without “serious interruptions,” sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are starting to have an effect on some activities, NASA’s safety advisers said.

At a May 12 meeting of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), members reiterated past comments by agency officials that the day-to-day operations of the ISS have continued despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and subsequent sanctions imposed on Russia by the other countries in the ISS partnership.
https://spacenews.com/iss-partnership-feeling-some-effects-of-sanctions-on-russia/

NASA plans to make Starliner crew assignments this summer
by Jeff Foust — May 23, 2022 [SN]


NASA astronauts (from left) Butch Wilmore, Mike Fincke and Suni Williams said before the launch of OFT-2 that they were training together on Starliner systems as a “cadre” and could be assigned to the vehicle crewed test flight or a later mission. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

WASHINGTON — As Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner prepares to return from its brief trip to the International Space Station, NASA officials say they’ll wait until this summer to determine the schedule for the vehicle’s first crewed flight and the astronauts who will fly it.

NASA said May 23 it would proceed with plans to have Starliner return to earth May 25, six days after its launch on the Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2 uncrewed mission. The astronauts on the ISS will close Starliner’s hatch May 24, with undocking about 24 hours later at 2:36 p.m. Eastern May 25. That would allow Starliner to land at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico at 6:49 p.m. Eastern that day.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-plans-to-make-starliner-crew-assignments-this-summer/

SpaceX swapping heat shield for next crew flight due to ‘manufacturing defect’
May 24, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance spacecraft after splashdown May 6, with its heat shield displayed toward the camera. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

SpaceX’s next crew mission to the International Space Station, set for launch in September, will fly with a different heat shield structure than originally planned after a composite substrate failed in acceptance testing due to a “manufacturing defect,” NASA said Tuesday.

The heat shield’s 13-foot-diameter (4-meter) composite structure — located at the bottom, blunt end of the Dragon capsule — is detachable and interchangeable between the reusable spacecraft in SpaceX’s Dragon fleet. SpaceX installs thermal protection tiles on the composite structure to protect the spacecraft from the searing heat of atmospheric re-entry at the end of each mission.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/05/24/spacex-swapping-heat-shield-for-next-crew-mission-due-to-manufacturing-defect/

SpaceX replacing heat shield on upcoming Crew Dragon mission after failed test
by Jeff Foust — May 26, 2022 [SN]


A Crew Dragon spacecraft just before splashdown on the Ax-1 mission in April. NASA says that, contrary to a published report, there was no excessive wear to its heat shield. Credit: Axiom Space

WASHINGTON — SpaceX will replace the heat shield on the next Crew Dragon spacecraft flying to the International Space Station after it failed inspections, but NASA says there is no risk of a similar problem for the spacecraft currently at the station.

In a May 24 statement to reporters, NASA said that a heat shield structure that SpaceX built for the Crew-5 mission to the station, slated to launch in early September, failed an acceptance test earlier this month and will not be used on that spacecraft.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-replacing-heat-shield-on-upcoming-crew-dragon-mission-after-failed-test/

NASA to buy five additional Crew Dragon flights
by Jeff Foust — June 2, 2022 [SN]


The Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour, with the Crew-2 astronauts on board, seen from the International Space Station shortly after undocking Nov. 8. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA is planning to purchase five more Crew Dragon missions to the International Space Station from SpaceX, a move the agency says is needed to ensure long-term access to the station.

In a procurement notice published June 1, NASA announced its intent to issue a sole-source modification of its existing Commercial Crew Transportation Capabilities, or CCtCap, contract with SpaceX to add five missions to the station later this decade.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-to-buy-five-additional-crew-dragon-flights/

Russian Soyuz rocket launches with space station cargo freighter
June 3, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


A Soyuz-2.1a rocket stands on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after rollout Tuesday. Credit: Roscosmos

Russia’s Progress MS-20 cargo freighter lifted off Friday on a fast-track, three-and-a-half hour rendezvous with the International Space Station to deliver around three tons of fuel, food, and supplies for the lab’s seven-person crew.

The Progress supply ship launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:32 a.m. EDT (0932 GMT) aboard a Soyuz-2.1a rocket. Russian ground crews rolled the Soyuz booster to the launch pad at Site 31 early Tuesday, then raised it vertical into liftoff position over the pad’s cavernous flame trench.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/06/03/soyuz-progress-ms-20-launch-docking/

Cargo Dragon mission postponed to investigate potential propellant leak
by Jeff Foust — June 6, 2022 [SN]


A cargo Dragon spacecraft docked to the International Space Station earlier this year, with several of its Draco thrusters visible. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA and SpaceX have postponed the launch of a cargo Dragon mission to the International Space Station after discovering a potential propellant leak in the spacecraft’s thrusters.

In a statement late June 6, NASA said the launch of the CRS-25 mission, which had been scheduled for June 10, would be postponed after detecting “elevated vapor readings” of monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) in a portion of the spacecraft’s Draco thruster system. The cause of the elevated reading is under investigation.
https://spacenews.com/cargo-dragon-mission-postponed-to-investigate-potential-propellant-leak/

SpaceX cargo mission grounded to investigate possible fuel leak
June 6, 2022 Stephen Clark EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated June 7 with no “no earlier than” launch date of June 28. [SN]


A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship approaches the International Space Station on Aug. 30, 2021. Credit: NASA

SpaceX has postponed this week’s planned launch of a Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station to investigate a possible leak detected during fueling of the spacecraft at Cape Canaveral, pushing the flight until no earlier than late June.

The Dragon spacecraft was scheduled for launch Friday morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Officials have not set a new target launch date for the SpaceX resupply mission, but a NASA spokesperson confirmed it would not occur Friday or Saturday.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/06/06/spacex-cargo-mission-grounded-to-investigate-possible-fuel-leak/

NASA to purchase five more Dragon crew missions from SpaceX
June 10, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX’s Dragon Freedom spacecraft is seen docked at the International Space Station in this May 21 photo. Credit: NASA

NASA says it plans to buy five more crew rotation missions on SpaceX’s fleet of Dragon spaceships, bringing SpaceX’s contract with the space agency to 14 operational astronaut launches, likely enough to keep the International Space Station staffed through 2030.

The five additional Dragon missions help ensure NASA maintains two independent crew transpiration providers, with SpaceX and Boeing alternating astronaut missions every six months once the agency certifies Boeing’s Starliner capsule for the job, the agency said in a June 1 statement.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/06/10/nasa-to-purchase-five-more-dragon-crew-missions-from-spacex/

GAO finds CASIS not making full use of advisory committee
by Jeff Foust — June 13, 2022 [SN]


The GAO found that CASIS was not making full use of an advisory committee established after an independent review of its management of the ISS national lab. Credit: NASA

ARCADIA, Calif. — The nonprofit that runs the national laboratory portion of the International Space Station is not making full use of the advisory group established after an independent review of the organization.

A report published by the Government Accountability Office June 7 said that the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the resources of the ISS designated as a national laboratory, was not providing its User Advisory Committee (UAC) with information on how the lab was being used or seeking input from the committee on resource allocations.
https://spacenews.com/gao-finds-casis-not-making-full-use-of-advisory-committee/

Cargo Dragon launch rescheduled for July after identifying hydrazine leak
by Jeff Foust — June 14, 2022 [SN]


A cargo Dragon spacecraft docked to the International Space Station earlier this year, with several of its Draco thrusters visible. Credit: NASA

ARCADIA, Calif. — A SpaceX cargo Dragon mission to the International Space Station will now launch no earlier than July 11, a delay of more than a month after engineers identified the source of elevated hydrazine readings in the spacecraft.

In a statement late June 13, NASA said that agency officials met with SpaceX to discuss the status of the investigation into elevated vapor readings of monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) detected earlier this month after the spacecraft was fueled ahead of a launch then planned for June 10. The readings, the sign of a potential leak in the vehicle’s Draco thrusters, prompted a launch delay announced June 6.
https://spacenews.com/cargo-dragon-launch-rescheduled-for-july-after-identifying-hydrazine-leak/
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NG-17 Cygnus Departs Space Station, Wraps Up Four-Month Stay
by Ben Evans June 28, 2022 [AS]


The NG-17 Cygnus cargo ship departed the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday, after four months attached to the sprawling orbital complex. Photo Credit: NASA

After being part of the International Space Station (ISS) for over four months, Northrop Grumman Corp.’s NG-17 Cygnus cargo ship—named in honor of the late shuttle astronaut and environmental scientist Piers Sellers—departed the orbital outpost early Tuesday, bound for a destructive re-entry later this week. Cygnus was robotically detached from its berth on the Earth-facing (or “nadir”) port of the station’s Unity node overnight and, an hour later than originally intended, was set into free flight at 7:07 a.m. Tuesday. Laden with unneeded equipment and trash, Cygnus will harmlessly burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, high above the Pacific Ocean, on Wednesday, 29 June.
https://www.americaspace.com/2022/06/28/ng-17-cygnus-departs-space-station-wraps-up-four-month-stay/

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus supply ship departs space station
June 28, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft perched on the end of the International Space Station’s robotic arm before release Tuesday. Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

A commercial Cygnus supply ship from Northrop Grumman departed the International Space Station Tuesday, completing a four-month stay after delivering more than 8,000 pounds of cargo and boosting the research lab into a slightly higher orbit.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/06/28/ng-17-iss-departure/

NASA and Roscosmos continue seat barter discussions
by Jeff Foust — July 2, 2022 [SN]


Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina continues training for a flight to the ISS on a Crew Dragon spacecraft in September despite not having a seat barter agreement finalized. Credit: Roscosmos

WASHINGTON — NASA is continuing to work with Roscosmos on a seat barter agreement despite missing a self-imposed deadline last month to complete a deal in time to allow exchanges on missions launching this fall.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-and-roscosmos-continue-seat-barter-discussions/

NASA criticizes Russia for using space station to promote invasion of Ukraine
by Jeff Foust — July 7, 2022 [SN]


Russian cosmonauts Sergey Korsakov, Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev display a flag of the disputed Luhansk People’s Republic, a region of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, on the ISS July 4. Credit: Roscosmos

WASHINGTON — NASA strongly criticized Russia for using the International Space Station to promote its invasion of Ukraine, a break from the agency’s approach of emphasizing ongoing cooperation despite the war.

In a statement late July 7, NASA said it “strongly rebukes” Russia for political activity on the station related to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The brief statement did not specify what incident prompted the statement.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-criticizes-russia-for-using-space-station-to-promote-invasion-of-ukraine/

Japanese startup to demo robotic arm onboard ISS in 2023
by Jason Rainbow — July 11, 2022 [SN]


GITAI aims to autonomously execute in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing with its S2 robotic arm system in the vacuum of space. Credit: GITAI

TAMPA, Fla. — Japanese startup GITAI plans to demonstrate robotic arm capabilities externally on the International Space Station for the first time next year.

GITAI said July 11 its autonomous, 1.5-meter-long dual robotic arm system (S2) would be mounted on the Bishop Airlock, a module funded by U.S.-based Nanoracks.

The startup aims to achieve NASA’s Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 from the demonstration, confirming its feasibility as a technology that could be used in space.
https://spacenews.com/japanese-startup-to-demo-robotic-arm-onboard-iss-in-2023/

NASA and Roscosmos nearing completion of seat barter agreement
by Jeff Foust — July 14, 2022 [SN]


NASA says Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina continues training for a flight to the ISS on a Crew Dragon spacecraft in September as the two agencies finalize a seat barter agreement. Credit: Roscosmos

WASHINGTON — NASA and Roscosmos are in the final stages of completing a long-awaited agreement to allow Russian cosmonauts to fly on commercial crew vehicles and American astronauts on Soyuz spacecraft.

At a July 13 briefing about the upcoming launch of a SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, Dana Weigel, NASA ISS deputy program manager, said the agencies were “pretty close” to finalizing an agreement that would allow seat swaps starting with Crew Dragon and Soyuz missions launching in September.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-and-roscosmos-nearing-completion-of-seat-barter-agreement/

NASA division proposing program to send scientists to ISS
by Jeff Foust — July 14, 2022 [SN]


Larry Connor, a private astronaut on Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission, performing an experiment on the ISS in April. A NASA program seeks to send “hyper-specialized” scientists to the station on future private missions for research that could then be handed over to NASA astronauts. Credit: Eytan Stibbe/Axiom Space

WASHINGTON — A NASA science division is seeking funding for a program that could fly scientists to the International Space Station on private missions to conduct research that could then be handed off to NASA astronauts.

In a presentation at a July 13 meeting of a National Academies committee working on the decadal survey for biological and physical sciences research in space, Craig Kundrot, director of the NASA’s biological and physical sciences division, said the agency is seeking funding starting in fiscal year 2023 for an initiative that could allow “hyper-specialized” scientists go to the ISS and future commercial space stations.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-division-proposing-program-to-send-scientists-to-iss/

SpaceX ready to launch space station resupply mission after five-week delay
July 14, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket roll out to pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of launch of the company’s 25th cargo mission to the International Space Station. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX is set to launch its 25th resupply mission to the International Space Station Thursday night from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, following a five-week delay to resolve a leak in the Dragon cargo capsule’s propulsion system.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/07/14/spacex-ready-to-launch-space-station-resupply-mission-after-five-week-delay/

SpaceX launches cargo Dragon mission to ISS
by Jeff Foust — July 14, 2022 [SN]


A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off July 14 carrying the CRS-25 cargo Dragon spacecraft, bound for the ISS. Credit: NASA TV

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after a July 14 launch delayed more than a month by a hydrazine leak on the spacecraft.

A Falcon 9 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 8:44 p.m. Eastern, deploying the Dragon into low Earth orbit 12 minutes later. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the station at about 11:20 a.m. Eastern July 16.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-launches-cargo-dragon-mission-to-iss/

Rogozin removed as head of Roscosmos as seat barter agreement signed
by Jeff Foust — July 15, 2022 [SN]


Dmity Rogozin (right) with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018. The Kremlin dismissed Rogozin as head of Roscosmos July 15 but may consider him for other positions in the government, Credit: Kremlin.ru

WASHINGTON — The Russian government dismissed Dmitry Rogozin as the head of the space agency Roscosmos July 15, the same day the agency and NASA signed a long-anticipated agreement to exchange seats on flights to the International Space Station.

In a brief statement, the Kremlin announced the Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, had dismissed Rogozin as head of Roscosmos, effective immediately. In a separate statement, the Kremlin announced the appointment of Yuri Borisov, deputy prime minister of Russia, as Rogozin’s successor at Roscosmos.
https://spacenews.com/rogozin-removed-as-head-of-roscosmos-as-seat-barter-agreement-signed/

Russian space chief dismissed; NASA gets deal for joint crews
July 15, 2022 William Harwood  STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION  [SN]


File photo of a previous meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Rogozin. Credit: Kremlin

Dmitry Rogozin, the bellicose director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos who has railed against NASA and its western space allies over sanctions imposed in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is stepping down under orders from President Vladimir Putin.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/07/15/russian-space-chief-dismissed-nasa-gets-deal-for-joint-crews/

Millennium Space reveals results of DARPA’s ‘Red-Eye’ smallsat experiment
by Sandra Erwin — July 20, 2022 [SN]

Red-Eye satellite viewed from the International Space Station. Credit: Millennium Space Systems

The three-satellite experiment, launched from the ISS in 2019 and 2020, demonstrated on-board data processing and crosslink communications

WASHINGTON — Millennium Space executives on July 20 revealed the results of a two-year experiment involving three small satellites launched in 2019 and 2020 from the International Space Station.
https://spacenews.com/millennium-space-reveals-results-of-darpas-red-eye-smallsat-experiment/

Supply chain issues delay Northrop Grumman’s next space station cargo flight
July 19, 2022 Stephen Clark [SN]


A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft in the grip of the International Space Station’s Canadian-built robotic arm June 28, just prior to the cargo freighter’ departure. Credit: NASA

Northrop Grumman’s next resupply flight to the International Space Station has been delayed from mid-August to mid-October by supply chain issues, a company spokesperson said Tuesday.

The 18th flight of a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft to the space station, known as NG-18, will launch on an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with Northrop Grumman extends through the NG-25 mission scheduled for 2026.
https://spacenews.com/millennium-space-reveals-results-of-darpas-red-eye-smallsat-experiment/

Crew Dragon mission delayed after booster damaged in transport
by Jeff Foust — July 21, 2022 [SN]


The launch of the Crew-4 commercial crew mission in April. The Crew-5 launch has slipped from early September to no earlier than Sept. 29 after the booster was damaged during cross-country transport. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

WASHINGTON — NASA is delaying the next commercial crew mission to the International Space Station by nearly a month after the Falcon 9 booster that will launch it was damaged during transport across the country for testing.

NASA announced July 21 that the Crew-5 mission is now scheduled for launch no earlier than Sept. 29, after previously being scheduled for early September. The spacecraft will transport NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina to the station.
https://spacenews.com/crew-dragon-mission-delayed-after-booster-damaged-in-transport/

SpaceX’s next crew launch delayed by booster damage
July 25, 2022 Stephen Clark [SFN]


A Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft launched April 8 on the Ax-1 commercial crew mission for Axiom Space. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX and NASA have delayed the launch of the next U.S. crew flight to the International Space Station from early September to no earlier than Sept. 29, allowing time for ground teams to replace an interstage on the mission’s new Falcon 9 booster after it was damaged during transport.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/07/25/spacexs-next-crew-launch-delayed-by-booster-damage/

Russia says it will pull out of space station project after 2024
July 26, 2022 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION [SFN]

A Russian Progress cargo freighter approaches the International Space Station in the background, while a Soyuz crew ferry spacecraft is docked to the Prichal module on the Russian segment of the complex. Credit: NASA

Russia will pull out of the International Space Station project after 2024, the new director of the Russian space program said Tuesday, but no firm dates or plans were revealed and it was not immediately clear what, if anything, might change in the near term.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/07/26/russia-says-it-will-pull-out-of-space-station-project-after-2024/
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Sojuz MS-23 ma wystartować z parodniowym opóźnieniem 24.02.2023.


Russian cargo ship departs space station after coolant leak
February 17, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


The Progress MS-21 cargo ship departs the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Roscosmos

Russian cosmonauts took pictures of the location where coolant leaked out of a Russian Progress cargo ship earlier this month when the supply freighter departed the International Space Station Friday night, as scheduled, to head for a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/02/17/progress-ms-21-undock/

Russia reschedules Soyuz launch after Progress undocks
Jeff Foust February 18, 2023 [SN]

(...) The launch decision, Roscosmos said, came after an inspection of the radiator on Soyuz MS-23 while being prepared for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Those inspections revealed no damage to it.
https://spacenews.com/russia-reschedules-soyuz-launch-after-progress-undocks/



PROGRESS MS-21 LEAK DUE TO EXTERNAL IMPACT
By Marcia Smith | Posted: February 21, 2023 11:11 pm ET | Last Updated: February 21, 2023 11:17 pm ET [SP]

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said today that whatever caused the leak on the Progress MS-21 cargo spacecraft was an external impact.  A little over a week ago Progress MS-21 sprang a leak and lost its coolant to space, an event reminiscent of a coolant leak on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft two months earlier.  Investigations continue as to what happened, but Roscosmos is convinced the next spacecraft, Soyuz MS-23, will not suffer the same fate. Its launch is on track for Thursday EST.
https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/progress-ms-21-leak-due-to-external-impact/

Multinational crew arrives at Kennedy Space Center for launch preparations
February 21, 2023 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION [SFN]


Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev, UAE astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, pilot Warren “Woody” Hoburg, and commander Stephen Bowen after their arrival at Kennedy Space Center Tuesday for launch preparations. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Two NASA astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and an Emirati flew to the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday to begin preparations for launch early Monday on a SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to replace four crew members aboard the International Space Station who are wrapping up a five-month stay.

Launch had been planned for Sunday, but NASA and SpaceX managers ordered a 24-hour slip during a flight readiness review Tuesday to allow more time to close out a handful of open technical issues. Launch now is targeted for 1:45 a.m. EST Monday.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/02/21/multinational-crew-arrives-at-kennedy-space-center-for-launch-preparations/

Crew-6 launch slips as Progress leak investigation continues
Jeff Foust February 22, 2023


The Crew Dragon spacecraft for the NASA Crew-6 mission rolls into a hangar for pre-launch preparations Feb. 19. Credit: SpaceX

ORLANDO — NASA has delayed the launch of a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station by a day to give SpaceX additional time to complete work on the vehicle.
https://spacenews.com/crew-6-launch-slips-as-progress-leak-investigation-continues/

Replacement Soyuz launched on fight to space station
February 24, 2023 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION [SFN]


A Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft. Credit: Roscosmos

A Russian Soyuz crew ferry ship blasted off from Kazakhstan Thursday, kicking off an unpiloted but critical flight to the International Space Station to replace a damaged Soyuz and provide an eventual ride home for three of the lab’s crew members.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/02/24/replacement-soyuz-launched-on-fight-to-space-station/
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Replacement Soyuz arrives at space station
Jeff Foust February 26, 2023 [SN]


The Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft approaching the International Space Station Feb. 25. Credit: NASA TV

WASHINGTON — An uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft launched to replace a damaged Soyuz arrived at the International Space Station Feb. 25.

The Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft docked with the station’s Poisk module at 7:58 p.m. Eastern, a few minutes ahead of schedule. The spacecraft had launched two days earlier on a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Instead of a crew, it carried about 430 kilograms of cargo to the station.
https://spacenews.com/replacement-soyuz-arrives-at-space-station/

Technical issue scrubs SpaceX commercial crew launch
Jeff Foust February 27, 2023 [SN]


The Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon on the pad before a Feb. 27 launch attempt. Controllers scrubbed the launch minutes before liftoff because of a technical issue. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A last-minute problem with a rocket ignition system halted a Falcon 9 launch of a NASA commercial crew mission Feb. 27, delaying the launch by at least three days.

Launch controllers halted the countdown for the launch of the Crew-6 mission about two and a half minutes before its scheduled 1:45 a.m. Eastern liftoff because of a problem with the ignition system, which uses a chemical combination called triethylaluminum triethylborane, or TEA-TEB. The launch director informed the four-person crew in the Crew Dragon of the issue a few minutes earlier.
https://spacenews.com/technical-issue-scrubs-spacex-commercial-crew-launch/

Shortly before liftoff, SpaceX cancels a crew launch due to igniter issues
ERIC BERGER - 2/27/2023, 8:15 AM [AT]

"Standing down from tonight's launch of Crew-6 due to a TEA-TEB ground system issue."



(...) TEA-TEB is a combination of triethylaluminum (TEA) and triethylborane (TEB). Essentially, these are two different metal elements each linked to three hydrocarbon atoms. These molecules are held together by rather tenuous bonds that break easily. When it comes into contact with oxygen, therefore, TEA-TEB spontaneously combusts.

This is useful for igniting rocket engines, which turns out to be a rather tricky thing to do, at least when it comes to precisely starting engines at a certain time, in a carefully controlled manner. For the Merlin 1D engines inside the Falcon 9, oxygen is pumped into the engines' combustion chambers to meet up with TEA-TEB. After combustion begins, kerosene is injected into the chamber, and the flow of the TEA-TEB igniter fuel is turned off. Then, to increase thrust, the flow of oxygen and kerosene is increased.

Early in the development of the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX struggled mightily with safely handling TEA-TEB and getting the Merlin engines to ignite when desired. "The best thing about TEA-TEB is that it ignites on contact with air," SpaceX's original launch director, Tim Buzza, said. "The worst thing about TEA-TEB is that it ignites on contact with air." (...)
https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/02/spacex-scrubs-crew-6-launch-due-to-an-issue-with-its-igniter-fluid/

New SpaceX launch date set after Sultan Al Neyadi mission postponed
The National Feb 27, 2023  Updated: February 27, 2023, 15:48

Nasa to attempt a second blast-off on Thursday


Nasa has set a new launch date for the SpaceX rocket carrying Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi after Monday's blast-off was postponed.

The Crew-6 mission from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station is provisionally scheduled for 9.34am UAE time on Thursday.

The mission on Monday was called off at 10.42am UAE time — two and a half minutes before the Falcon 9 rocket's engines were due to ignite.

Nasa and SpaceX said there was an issue with ground systems, which they are investigating.

Officials said the weather in Florida on Tuesday is not expected to be favourable, hence the delay.

The new launch plan is subject to the technical issues being resolved, the space agency said.

“I’m proud of the Nasa and SpaceX teams’ focus and dedication to keeping Crew-6 safe”, said Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson.

“Human space flight is an inherently risky endeavour and, as always, we will fly when we are ready.”

Engineers have a narrow window for missions to ensure that the rocket has a short and safe journey from Earth to ISS, which is 400km above sea level.

The crew of four — Russia's Andrey Fedyaev, Nasa's Warren Hoburg and Stephen Bowen, and Dr Al Neyadi — remained on the rocket for about two hours after the launch was called off, or “scrubbed” in Nasa terms, while fuel was pumped out.

They safely got off the Dragon capsule that is attached to the rocket.

Mission call-offs are common in the space industry, though scrapping a flight so close to blast-off is relatively rare.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, delivered a message of support to Dr Al Neyadi and his fellow astronauts after their mission was delayed.

“The launch has been postponed, yet our ambitions remain high”, Sheikh Hamdan wrote on Twitter.

“Wishing a safe and successful mission to Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi and the entire Crew-6 team”.

Dr Al Neyadi will spend six months aboard the ISS in what will be the Arab world's longest space mission.

He shared an uplifting message on social media on Monday morning, before lift-off was postponed.

“On this planet, I leave behind everyone I love and take off to space … I leave behind a country that has forged its way to stars and lit its path with Zayed’s Ambition …

“I leave you all behind until we meet again from space … Your brother, Sultan Al Neyadi”.

The UAE's latest space traveller received an outpouring of support from across the Emirates.

On Sunday, he spoke to President Sheikh Mohamed, who wished him well as he prepared to etch his name in the record books.

“Everyone is excited and waiting for this historic moment, your Highness”, Dr Al Neyadi told the President in a video conversation shared by news agency Wam.

“As science continues to progress and develop, God willing, the UAE will leave an important mark on this mission.”

Sheikh Mohamed said: “May God protect you wherever you may be and may you return safe and sound. We are looking forward to your return.”

Dr Al Neyadi was the first of two astronauts selected by the UAE in 2018.

His colleague Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Emirati in space the following year.

Maj Al Mansouri spent eight days aboard the International Space Station.

Both have been training since then around the world, including in Russia, parts of Europe, Canada and Japan, and have completed Nasa's basic astronaut training programme.

Dr Al Neyadi will be carrying out 19 science experiments for various UAE universities, several other experiments assigned by Nasa and doing maintenance work on the ISS, including a possible spacewalk.

In May, he will be joined by two Saudi astronauts, including the first Arab woman in space. Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali AlQarni are heading to the ISS for a 10-day trip.

Dr Al Neyadi said last Tuesday that flying on the mission will be a “privilege”.

“I can't believe that this is really happening and you only realise that when you fly by the launch pad where you see the preparations,” he said.

“It's becoming real. So, we can't thank enough everybody that helped and prepared us for this mission.

“I think we are ready physically, mentally and technically. And we can't wait to launch to space and conduct the mission.”
...
https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/uae-in-space/2023/02/27/new-spacex-launch-date-set-after-sultan-al-neyadi-mission-postponed/

SpaceX Crew Dragon poised for second launch attempt
March 1, 2023 William Harwood STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION [SFN]


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket stands on pad 39A awaiting liftoff on the Crew-6 mission. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Running three days late because of a last-minute technical glitch, a four-man space station crew, including a Russian cosmonaut and the first Arab to be assigned to a long duration spaceflight, braced for a second launch try early Thursday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/01/spacex-crew-dragon-poised-for-second-launch-attempt/

Crew-6 launches to space station
Jeff Foust March 2, 2023 [SN]


A Falcon 9 lifts off March 2 on the Crew-6 mission to the ISS. Credit: Jordan Sirokie

WASHINGTON — A Crew Dragon spacecraft is headed towards the International Space Station three days after a technical problem scrubbed its first launch attempt.

A Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 12:34 a.m. Eastern March 2. The rocket placed the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour into orbit on the Crew-6 mission, with four people from the United States, Russia and United Arab Emirates on board.
https://spacenews.com/crew-6-launches-to-space-station/

SpaceX rocket boosts U.S.-Russian-Emirati crew into orbit
March 2, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon Endeavour spacecraft lift off at 12:34 a.m. EST (0534 GMT) Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday from Kennedy Space Center with a four-man crew heading for a six-month stay on the International Space Station, including the first Arab astronaut to fly on a long-duration space mission.

NASA’s Crew-6 mission took off from pad 39A at the Florida spaceport and arced northeast to line up with the space station’s orbit. Liftoff occurred at 12:34 a.m. EST (0534 GMT) Thursday, with the Falcon 9 rocket’s nine kerosene-fueled engines casting a brilliant orange glow visible across Central Florida.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/02/spacex-rocket-boosts-u-s-russian-emirati-crew-into-orbit/

SpaceX capsule docks at space station with multinational crew
March 3, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


The arrival of the four-man crew on SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft — wearing blue flight suits — temporarily raised the size of the space station crew to 11 people. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft linked up with the International Space Station Friday, delivering two NASA astronauts, an Emirati astronaut, and a Russian cosmonaut to the complex after a short delay for ground teams to uplink a software fix to mask a bad sensor on the capsule’s docking mechanism.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/03/spacex-capsule-docks-at-space-station-with-multinational-crew/

SpaceX capsule with four-person crew departs space station, heads for Earth
March 11, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance spacecraft flies into an orbital sunset after undocking from the International Space Station on Saturday. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now

Closing out five months on the International Space Station, two NASA astronauts, a five-time Japanese space flier, and a Russian cosmonaut departed the complex Saturday inside a SpaceX Dragon crew capsule, heading for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico around 19 hours later.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/11/spacex-capsule-with-four-person-crew-departs-space-station-heads-for-splashdown/

Crew-5 mission ends with Florida splashdown
Jeff Foust March 11, 2023 [SN]


Recovery teams approach the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance after its March 11 splashdown. Credit: NASA TV

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down off the Florida coast March 11, returning four people from the International Space Station after more than five months in space.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance splashed down at the primary landing location west of Tampa, Florida, at 9:02 p.m. Eastern. The splashdown took place nearly 19 hours after the spacecraft undocked from the station.
https://spacenews.com/crew-5-mission-ends-with-florida-splashdown/

Crew Dragon splashes down to close out 157-day mission
March 12, 2023 William Harwood [SFN]


SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance spacecraft descends over the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NASA/Keegan Barber

Two NASA astronauts, a Japanese space veteran and a Russian cosmonaut bid their seven space station crewmates farewell and returned to Earth Saturday night, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa after a fiery plunge back through the lower atmosphere.

Streaking through space at 84 football fields per second — 17,100 mph — commander Nicole Mann and pilot Josh Cassada monitored an automated 11-minute firing of the ship’s braking rockets starting at 8:11 p.m. EST, putting the capsule on course for re-entry over the Gulf.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/12/crew-dragon-splashes-down-to-close-out-157-day-mission/

U.S. military experiments hitching ride to space station on SpaceX cargo ship
March 13, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, awaiting liftoff Tuesday from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s next resupply mission to the International Space Station is set for liftoff Tuesday night from Kennedy Space Center, hauling more than 6,300 pounds of cargo to the complex, including a $35 million, half-ton payload package for the U.S. military with experiments ranging from in-space laser power beaming to weather monitoring.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/13/u-s-military-experiments-hitching-ride-to-space-station-on-spacex-cargo-ship/

SpaceX supply ship docks at International Space Station
March 16, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule approaches the International Space Station for docking Thursday. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now

A day-and-a-half after launching from Florida, SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft docked at the International Space Station Thursday to deliver fresh food, experiments, CubeSats, and a suite of U.S. military tech demo payloads.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/16/dragon-crs-27-docking/



NASA Announces Future Launch for USU-Led Space Weather Mission
March 17, 2023 [USU]



NASA has announced that the launch of the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory and College of Science-led Atmospheric Waves Experiment, or AWE, is scheduled for December 2023. The NASA-funded instrument will launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station to the International Space Station.

AWE Principal Investigator Michael Taylor from USU’s College of Science leads a team of scientists that will provide new details about how the weather on Earth interacts with, and affects, space weather. To do that, the AWE instrument, measuring about 54 centimeters by 1 meter and weighing less than 57 kilograms, will peer into Earth’s upper atmosphere from an orbit of about 400 kilometers above to provide unprecedented images of Earth’s gravity waves as they rise through the mesopause, the mesosphere’s upper boundary, and into other parts of the ionosphere.
https://www.usu.edu/today/story/nasa-announces-future-launch-for-usu-led-space-weather-mission
https://blogs.nasa.gov/awe/

Rocket Lab recovers booster again after launch with BlackSky satellites
March 24, 2023 Stephen Clark [SFN]


An Electron rocket lifts off Friday with two BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites. Credit: Rocket Lab

Two BlackSky optical Earth-imaging satellites rode an Electron launcher into orbit Friday from New Zealand, while the Electron’s first stage booster gently parachuted into the Pacific Ocean as engineers consider abandoning airborne rocket recovery in favor of ship-based retrieval and reuse.

Rocket Lab engineers will inspect and test components on the Electron booster stage once it returns to the company’s factory in Auckland to see how well the hardware weathered the rocket’s scorching-hot re-entry back through the atmosphere, and more crucially, how the booster withstood the corrosive effects of salt water after splashdown.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/03/24/rocket-lab-recovers-booster-again-after-launch-with-blacksky-satellites/

Frank Rubio’s first spaceflight will turn into the longest mission by a US astronaut
Jackie Wattles By Jackie Wattles, CNN Updated 6:25 PM EDT, Wed March 29, 2023


NASA astronaut Frank Rubio is shown inside the cupola of the International Space Station as it flew 263 miles above southeastern England.

CNN — Astronaut Frank Rubio traveled to the International Space Station on September 21, 2022, for what he thought would be a six-month mission. But he’ll wind up staying in space for over a year — breaking the record for the longest mission conducted by a US astronaut.

Rubio will return to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft no earlier than September 27, NASA officials said Wednesday, meaning he will have logged a total of at least 371 days in orbit. That tour of duty will beat the previous record of 355 days set by US astronaut Mark Vande Hei in 2022.
https://edition.cnn.com/2023/03/29/world/longest-stay-in-space-nasa-frank-rubio-scn/index.html




Female Belarusian cosmonaut to conduct experiments with SOVA platform during ISS mission
11 APR, 17:58 [TACC]

According to the researcher, the SOVA system will be used to survey the upper layers of the atmosphere, which is of practical importance for monitoring the condition and fire protection of Belarusian forests
https://tass.com/science/1602763
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NASA awards “crossover” spacesuit task orders to Axiom and Collins
Jeff Foust July 10, 2023


Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU), seen here with a cover layer that will not be used on actual lunar spacewalks, is a 50-50 mix of NASA-developed technology and Axiom's own designs. Credit: Axiom Space

WASHINGTON — NASA awarded task orders to two companies already working on spacesuits for the International Space Station and Artemis missions to develop alternative versions of their suits.

NASA announced July 10 that it issued task orders valued at $5 million each to Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to begin design work on alternative versions of their suits already in development. Axiom’s task order begins work on a version of its suit for the ISS while Collins will begin design of a suit intended for moonwalks.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-awards-crossover-spacesuit-task-orders-to-axiom-and-collins/

T-31d
At T-1 Month, Multi-National Crew-7 Readies for 15 August Space Station Launch
by Ben Evans July 14, 2023


Crew-7, the first Crew Dragon to represent four discrete sovereign nations. From left to right are Mission Specialist Konstantin Borisov of Russia, Pilot Andreas Mogensen of Denmark, Commander Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli of the United States and Mission Specialist Satoshi Furukawa of Japan. Photo Credit: SpaceX

An unflown Falcon 9—the fourth brand-new “single-stick” booster to join SpaceX’s burgeoning fleet so far this year—and a twice-used Crew Dragon are gearing up for liftoff from historic Pad 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC)no sooner than 7:44 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 15 August, bound for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Crew-7 Commander Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli of NASA will be joined aboard Dragon Endurance by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen of Denmark, Japan’s Satoshi Furukawa and Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, marking the first Crew Dragon flight to represent four sovereign nations.
https://www.americaspace.com/2023/07/14/at-t-1-month-multi-national-crew-7-readies-for-15-august-space-station-launch/   

Crew Dragon, Soyuz missions set for launches to ISS
Jeff Foust July 30, 2023 [SN]


The crew of Crew-7 — Konstantin Borisov, Andreas Mogensen, Jasmin Moghbeli and Satoshi Furukawa (left to right) — are completing preparations for a launch to the International Space Station as soon as Aug. 17. Credit: SpaceX

WASHINGTON — Two crewed missions remain on track to launch to the International Space Station over the next month and a half after addressing technical issues that included a Soyuz coolant leak.

At a July 25 briefing, NASA officials said they are planning the launch of the Crew-7 mission to the ISS no earlier than Aug. 17. That mission, on a Crew Dragon spacecraft, was scheduled for Aug. 15 but pushed back two days to allow sufficient time to change over Launch Complex 39A from Falcon Heavy to Falcon 9.
https://spacenews.com/crew-dragon-soyuz-missions-set-for-launches-to-iss/

Northrop Grumman prepares for final flight of Antares with Russian and Ukrainian components
Jeff Foust July 31, 2023 [SN]


An Antares 230+ rocket on the pad at Wallops Island, Virginia, to launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft Aug. 1. Credit: Northrop Grumman/Thom Baur

WASHINGTON — A Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to launch to the International Space Station on the final flight of a version of an Antares rocket with Russian and Ukrainian components.

NASA and Northrop Grumman completed a launch readiness review July 30 for the NG-19 mission, approving plans to launch the spacecraft on Aug. 1 at 8:31 p.m. Eastern from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia. Forecasts project an 80% chance of acceptable weather for the scheduled liftoff.
https://spacenews.com/northrop-grumman-prepares-for-final-flight-of-antares-with-russian-and-ukrainian-components/

Antares launches Cygnus to ISS
Jeff Foust August 2, 2023 [SN]


The final Antares 230+ rocket launches a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the ISS Aug. 1. Credit: Northrop Grumman

SEATTLE — A Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after an Aug. 1 launch as part of NASA’s commitment to “full throttle” use of the station through the end of the decade.

An Antares 230+ rocket lifted off at 8:31 p.m. Eastern from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia, placing a Cygnus spacecraft into orbit. The Cygnus, named “S.S. Laurel Clark” after the astronaut who died on the STS-107 shuttle mission two decades ago, is scheduled to arrive at the station early Aug. 4.
https://spacenews.com/antares-launches-cygnus-to-iss/

Northrop Grumman planning Cygnus upgrades
Jeff Foust August 3, 2023


Upgrades in development for Cygnus include increased payload capacity and the ability to dock to a station rather than be berthed by a robotic arm. Credit: NASA

SEATTLE — Northrop Grumman is planning upgrades to its Cygnus cargo vehicle, such as increased payload capacity, to support both the International Space Station and future commercial space stations.

In presentations at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference Aug. 2, company representatives outlined efforts to enhance the capabilities of the decade-old spacecraft to enable it to serve NASA and others in the coming decade.
https://spacenews.com/northrop-grumman-planning-cygnus-upgrades/
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Crew-6 returns to Earth
Jeff Foust September 4, 2023 [SN]


The Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour is brought on board a recovery ship after its Sept. 4 splashdown off the Florida coast. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

WASHINGTON — A Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down of the coast of Florida early Sept. 4, bringing back a crew from the United States, United Arab Emirates and Russia who spent six months on the International Space Station.

The Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast from Jacksonville, Florida, at 12:17 a.m. Eastern, completing the Crew-6 mission. The spacecraft had undocked from the ISS at 7:05 a.m. Eastern Sept. 3.
https://spacenews.com/crew-6-returns-to-earth/


Better Late Than Never: New ISS Crew Prepares to Fly, All-Female EVAs Possible in October
by Ben Evans , September 10, 2023 [AS]


Soyuz MS-24 crewmembers Oleg Kononenko (center) and Nikolai Chub (right) are aiming for a full year on the International Space Station (ISS), whilst the stay-time of Loral O’Hara is anticipated for 192 days, ending in March 2024. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three spacefarers from Russia and the United States will fly six months later than intended on Friday, 15 September, when Soyuz MS-24 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to set the final pieces in place on the International Space Station (ISS) for a busy Expedition 70. NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara—originally scheduled to fly aboard Soyuz MS-23 in March, before all missions shifted one flight to the right—will be accompanied by seasoned cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, currently the world’s sixth most experienced spacefarer, and fellow “rookie” Nikolai Chub.
https://www.americaspace.com/2023/09/10/better-late-than-never-new-iss-crew-prepares-to-fly-all-female-evas-possible-in-october/

Frank Rubio Set to Exceed U.S. Single-Mission Endurance Record Today
by Ben Evans  September 11, 2023


Frank Rubio’s face appears inverted in a floating bubble of water. Photo Credit: NASA

At 1:39 p.m. EDT today, Expedition 69’s Frank Rubio will officially become holder of the empirical record for the greatest amount of time ever spent in space by a U.S. astronaut during a single mission. He will pass the 355 days, three hours and 45 minutes established by fellow NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei in March 2022, but will not stop there: for when Rubio returns to Earth later this month, he will become the first American to complete an entire year—a full orbit of the Sun—on a single, continuous voyage.
https://www.americaspace.com/2023/09/11/frank-rubio-set-to-exceed-u-s-single-mission-endurance-record-today/

Astronaut Frank Rubio breaks US record on way to a year in space

September 11, 2023 — Frank Rubio did not set out to break a record, but today aboard the International Space Station, he will do just that.

Rubio, a NASA astronaut and member of the space station's 69th expedition crew, will become the American who has flown the longest space mission in U.S. history. At 1:39 p.m. EDT (1739 GMT) on Monday (Sept. 11), he will surpass the 355 days, 3 hours and 45 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei in 2022.
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-091123a-nasa-astronaut-frank-rubio-longest-us-spaceflight-record.html

Decadal survey recommends massive funding increase for NASA biological and physical sciences
Jeff Foust September 13, 2023


NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli working on DNA sequencing of microbes on the International Space Station. A new decadal survey called on NASA to increase funding of biological and physical sciences research in space by a factor of 10. Credit: NASA

PARIS — A new decadal survey for biological and physical sciences research in space recommends that NASA increase its spending on such activities by a factor of 10, a move the study says would restore such work to historical levels.
https://spacenews.com/decadal-survey-recommends-massive-funding-increase-for-nasa-biological-and-physical-sciences/

Soyuz MS-24 crew launches for up to yearlong stay on space station

September 15, 2023 — Two Russian cosmonauts have left Earth to spend a year aboard the International Space Station, flying with an American crewmate who will come home after six months.

Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub of the Russian federal space corporation Roscosmos and Loral O'Hara of NASA launched together on Russia's Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft on Friday (Sept. 15). The three lifted off at at 11:44 a.m. EDT (1544 GMT or 8:44 p.m. local time) atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-091523a-soyuz-ms-24-launch-space-station.html

Record-Breaking Rubio to Roar Past One Year in Space Tomorrow
by Ben Evans, September 20, 2023 [AS]


Early Thursday morning, Frank Rubio will become the first U.S. astronaut to pass one full year in space on a single flight. Photo Credit: NASA

At 9:54 a.m. EDT Thursday, the first American to complete a full year—an entire Solar Orbit—in space will cross the magical Day Three-Six-Five aboard the Earth-circling International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut Frank Rubio and his Russian crewmates Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin launched last 21 September, anticipating a standard six-month increment aboard the sprawling orbital complex. But fate had other cards in store.
https://www.americaspace.com/2023/09/20/record-breaking-rubio-to-roar-past-one-year-in-space-tomorrow/

NASA astronaut looks forward to family hugs, peace and quiet, after yearlong flight
September 22, 2023 William Harwood [SFN]


Frank Rubio inside the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory module. Image: NASA.

If NASA had asked astronaut Frank Rubio, well in advance, if he would like to spend a full year aboard the International Space Station, he likely would have turned it down. But that’s how it turned out anyway, when trouble with his crew’s Soyuz ferry ship forced them to extended a six-month stay to 12.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/09/22/nasa-astronaut-looks-forward-to-family-hugs-peace-and-quiet-after-yearlong-flight/

Two cosmonauts, NASA astronaut head for Wednesday landing after yearlong mission
September 26, 2023 William Harwood [SFN]


The returning Soyuz MS-23/69S crew (clockwise from upper left): NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, flight engineer Dmitri Petelin and commander Sergey Prokopyev. Image: NASA.

Outgoing space station commander Sergei Prokopyev and his two Soyuz crewmates, co-pilot Dmitri Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, packed up Tuesday for a fiery plunge back to Earth early Wednesday to close out a yearlong stay in orbit, the longest flight in U.S. space history.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/09/26/two-cosmonauts-nasa-astronaut-head-for-wednesday-landing-after-yearlong-mission/

Soyuz lands safely in Kazakhstan to end record-breaking mission; Rubio: “It’s good to be home”
September 27, 2023 William Harwood [SFN]


The Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft descends under its parachute in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Image: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and two Russian cosmonauts undocked from the International Space Station and plunged back to Earth early Wednesday, landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to close out an unexpected yearlong stay in space, the longest single flight in U.S. space history.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/09/27/soyuz-lands-safely-in-kazakhstan-to-end-record-breaking-mission/

Soyuz returns ISS crew after record-setting stay
Jeff Foust September 27, 2023 [SN]


The Soyuz MS-23 capsule descends to Earth under its parachute just before landing in Kazakhstan Sept. 27. Credit: NASA TV

WASHINGTON — A Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan Sept. 27, returning two Russians and one American from the International Space Station after more than a year in orbit.

The Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft landed in its designated landing zone in Kazakhstan at 7:17 a.m. Eastern. The spacecraft had undocked from the station’s Prichal module at 3:54 a.m. Eastern.
https://spacenews.com/soyuz-returns-iss-crew-after-record-setting-stay/

FRANK RUBIO BACK ON TERRA FIRMA AFTER RECORD-SETTING 371-DAY SPACEFLIGHT
By Marcia Smith | Posted: September 27, 2023 8:03 am ET | Last Updated: September 27, 2023 8:09 am ET


ISS Expedition 70, L-R: Nikolai Chub (Roscosmos), Konstantin Borisov (Roscosmos), Andreas Mogensen (ESA/Denmark), Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos), Jasmim Moghbeli (NASA), Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA), Loral O’Hara (NASA). Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and two Russian colleagues landed in Kazakhstan this morning after 371 days in space, a new record for a U.S. astronaut. The duration was a surprise. They were supposed to come home after six months, but the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft that took them to the International Space Station a year ago lost all its coolant and was deemed unsafe to bring them back. A replacement spacecraft, Soyuz MS-23, was sent up for today’s return, causing a change in the crew rotation schedule and a one-year mission for the trio. (...)

They all knew they would or might stay beyond the typical 6-month mission, but Rubio did not. Last week Rubio spoke openly about the challenges of unexpectedly remaining for an extra shift , especially for someone with four relatively young children. He said he’s eager to hug his wife and kids and enjoy the peace of quiet of his back yard instead of the incessant hum of fans and other machinery on the ISS.  He’ll soon be there. (...)
https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/frank-rubio-back-on-terra-firma-after-record-setting-371-day-spaceflight/

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio is home after a year in space
STEPHEN CLARK - 9/27/2023, 9:48 PM [AT]


Frank Rubio is now the record-holder for the longest space mission by an American.

His mission was originally supposed to last six months.

(...) Scientists will closely track how Rubio responds to Earth's gravity over the coming days and weeks. More than 600 people have flown in space, but only seven humans have logged a year off the planet on a single mission, a list that nearly doubled with the yearlong expedition that ended Wednesday. (...)
https://arstechnica.com/space/2023/09/nasa-astronaut-frank-rubio-is-home-after-a-year-in-space/

Astronaut and cosmonauts return to Earth after getting stuck in space for more than a year
Associated Press Thu 28 Sep 2023 01.14 CEST [TG]

Trio had to stay longer on International Space Station after their original return capsule was hit by space junk


The Soyuz MS-23 capsule carrying the International Space Station crew of Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin and Nasa astronaut Frank Rubio lands in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

A Nasa astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts returned to Earth on Wednesday after being stuck in space for just over a year. American Frank Rubio set a record for the longest US spaceflight – a result of the extended stay.

The trio landed in a remote area of Kazakhstan, descending in a Soyuz capsule that was rushed up as a replacement after their original ride was hit by space junk and lost all its coolant while docked to the International Space Station.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/sep/28/astronauts-and-cosmonauts-return-to-earth-after-getting-stuck-in-space-for-more-than-a-year
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What does spending more than a year in space do to the human body?
By Richard Gray 27th September 2023 [BBC]



Nasa astronaut Frank Rubio has just returned from a record-breaking 371 days in space onboard the ISS, but the trip may have altered his muscles, brain and even the bacteria living in his gut.

With a few handshakes, a brief photoshoot and a wave, Nasa astronaut Frank Rubio bid farewell to the American-football-field-sized collection of modules and solar panels that has been his home for the past 371 days. His departure from the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth marks the end of the longest single spaceflight by an American to date.
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230927-what-a-long-term-mission-in-space-does-to-the-human-body


NASA open to extending ISS beyond 2030
Jeff Foust November 3, 2023. Updated Nov. 6 with statement from Bowersox. [SN]


The International Space Station as seen from a Crew Dragon spacecraft in 2021. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — A NASA official opened the door to keeping the International Space Station in operation beyond 2030 if commercial space stations are not yet ready to take over by the end of the decade.

Speaking at the Beyond Earth Symposium here Nov. 2, Ken Bowersox, NASA associate administrator for space operations, said it was “not mandatory” to retire the ISS as currently planned at the end of the decade depending on the progress companies are making on commercial stations.
https://spacenews.com/nasa-open-to-extending-iss-beyond-2030/

NASA revises contract strategy for ISS deorbit vehicle
Jeff Foust December 7, 2023 [SN]


The International Space Station as seen from a Crew Dragon spacecraft in 2021. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA will give companies greater choice in the type of contract to use for producing a deorbit vehicle for the International Space Station.

In a procurement notice posted Dec. 5, NASA announced it would allow companies the choice of using either firm fixed price or cost plus incentive fee contract structures for both the design and the production of the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle (USDV).
https://spacenews.com/nasa-revises-contract-strategy-for-iss-deorbit-vehicle/

SpaceX launches cargo Dragon mission to ISS
Jeff Foust November 9, 2023 [SN]


A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off Nov. 9 on the CRS-29 cargo Dragon mission to the ISS. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

AUSTIN, Texas — SpaceX launched a cargo Dragon mission to the International Space Station Nov. 9 from one Florida pad as it completes work on a neighboring pad to support crew and cargo missions.

A Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at 8:28 p.m. Eastern and placed a cargo Dragon spacecraft into orbit on the CRS-29 mission. The Dragon is scheduled to dock autonomously with the ISS at about 5:20 a.m. Eastern Nov. 11. It will remain at the station until early to mid December.
https://spacenews.com/spacex-launches-cargo-dragon-mission-to-iss-2/

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to space station
November 10, 2023 William Harwood [SFN]


A long-exposure from the beach at Cape Canaveral captures the first-stage and second-stage burns, plus the entry and landing burns of the first-stage. Image: Michael Cain/Spaceflight Now.

Lighting up the night sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked into orbit in spectacular fashion Thursday, kicking off a 32-hour rendezvous with the International Space Station to deliver 6,500 pounds of research gear, crew supplies and needed equipment.https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/11/10/spacex-launches-dragon-cargo-ship-to-space-station/
https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/11/10/spacex-launches-dragon-cargo-ship-to-space-station/
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