Feeds

Fresh shift of 'nauts arrives at Space Station, planning torch jaunt

Soyuz crew confirms spacewalk planned to promote Olympics

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Astronauts and cosmonauts from Russia and the US had a fuss-free journey to the International Space Station, where they have just arrived for a five-and-a-half-month stint working and living on the hurtling lab.

Oleg Kotov, Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy took just under six hours from lift-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to dock with the ISS.

Their speedy journey to the ISS contrasts dramatically with the fate of Orbital Sciences unmanned Cgynus freighter, which should have rendezvoused with the space station by now, but for the fact that its mission was delayed by an unexpected software malfunction.

It means that a crew of six 'nauts based on the microgravity lab will now be present to greet Cygnus's arrival, which won't happen until the weekend at the earliest.

The space truck – which is on a demonstration mission – has resources in place to hang around in orbit for an extended amount of time, the company's executive veep Frank Culbertson said on Monday.

Meanwhile, during their time on the ISS, Kotov, Hopkins and Ryazanskiy are expected to make three spacewalks. The most media-friendly of these will involve them waving around an unlit Olympic torch outside the airlock.

The spectacle will take place to promote 2014's winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi. The torch itself has yet to be delivered to the ISS. That's the job of the next crew sent to the lab in November. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE
Shanghai to San Fran in two hours would be a trick, though
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.