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Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

A crew crisis at the International Space Station could be averted, with Russia's Roscosmos saying this month's Soyuz launch incident was caused by a sensor failure. According to Sputnik News, Roscosmos executive director Sergei Krikalev said the malfunction was in a sensor that detects separation of the booster's first and …
Typhoon Soudelor photographed from the International Space Station

Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

An International Space Station astronaut took a GoPro camera for a space walk last week, but forgot to bring any memory. “A question about the GoPro real quick,” asks astronaut Andrew Feustel in the video below. “I’m pushing the button I see a ‘no SD’. Do I need that to record? And if it is recording is there supposed to be a …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2018
The Dream Chaser touches down at Edwards Air Force Base

Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

Sierra Nevada Corporation's “Dream Chaser” automated spaceplane has successfully flown and landed. The vehicle looks a lot like NASA's Space Shuttle and like that vehicle can land on a runway. It's rather smaller, however, and at just nine metres long is designed to fit atop lots of launch vehicles and to carry crew and cargo …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
Spacewalkers repairing Canadarm2

After seven-hour operation, the ISS has a new 'hand'

NASA commander Randy Bresnik and astronaut Mark Vande Hei have spent seven hours upgrading one of the International Space Station's robot arms. The pair worked to attach a new Latching End Effector – the “hand” at the end of the Canadarm2 – to replace one that wore out. Canadarm2 is any old gripper: as well as performing …
China's robot space truck Tianzhou-1 lifts off

China successfully launches its first robot space truck

China's ambition to launch a permanently-crewed space station is a little closer today after the nation successfully launched its first robot space truck. The Tianzhou-1 lifted off as planned on Thursday evening, carrying with it six tonnes of supplies for the Tiangong-2's crew of two. The six tonnes (6,000kg) of cargo it …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017

SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

Elon Musk's rocket trucking business, SpaceX, is rolling on the celestial highway again after successfully launching a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, then landing the rocket's first stage back on terra firma. The mission marks a second successful return to space (the first being this one) after a satellite launch …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2017

International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

On Sunday, the International Space Station turned 18, a birthday many non-US teenagers around the world celebrate with a drunken binge and a colossal hangover. Instead, the station celebrated with a new arrival and by firing up an unusual birthday candle. On November 20, 1998 the very first module of the ISS, renamed Zarya …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2016
Antares rocket fails

Phew: ISS re-supply mission launches without destroying Wallops launch-pad

It ran five minutes late, but NASA's ISS resupply launch atop an Orbital ATK Antares rocket has gone off without a hitch. Space-watchers were nervous about this one: it was the first Antares launch since October 2014, when US$200 million-plus worth of rocket exploded, destroying its payload and leaving NASA with more than $20 …

International Space Station astros prepare to rejoin us Earthlings

Three astronauts from the International Space Station are expected to fly home tomorrow after spending 172 days floating in space. Expedition 48 Commander and NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Soyuz commander and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, will leave the ISS in the …
Typhoon Soudelor photographed from the International Space Station

NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

NASA has signalled its intention to offload the International Space Station (ISS) some time in the 2020s. News of the sale appeared in the video below, at about the 14:15 mark when Bill Hill, NASA's deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, ponders the ISS' role in future missions. “Ultimately our …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2016

ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

Two astronauts from the International Space Station have started their spacewalk to install the new International Docking Adapter. Jeff Williams, an experienced spacewalker, is joined by Kate Rubins, who is the twelfth female astronaut to perform a spacewalk. The Docking Adapter is the connecting point for spacecraft joining …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Aug 2016
BEAM at the ISS. Pic: Bigelow Aerospace

NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

NASA is preparing to unpack Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) - described as "first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats" - which arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) last Sunday aboard a SpaceX Dragon resupply vehicle. The Dragon approaching the ISS last …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2016

ISS to host space truck rally

The International Space Station will soon be abristle with docked space trucks, as a SpaceX Dragon resupply vehicle prepares to join its Russian Progress and Orbital ATK Cygnus counterparts mated with the orbiting outpost. The Falcon 9 and Dragon on the pad at Cape Canaveral. Pic: SpaceX The Falcon 9 and Dragon on the pad at …
Lester Haines, 8 Apr 2016

'Naut triumvirate set for ISS launch

A trio of 'nauts is gearing up to launch to the International Space Station on Friday, ahead of a six-month stay on the orbiting outpost. Alexei Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka and Jeff Williams will depart Baikonur Cosmodrome at 21:26 GMT atop a Soyuz lifter. NASA wil have live coverage of the launch, beginning at 20:30 GMT, right …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2016

ISS 'nauts Kelly and Kornienko homeward bound

'Nauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko will wrap 340 days in space tonight when they return to terra firma from the International Space Station. Kelly and Kornienko will be joined aboard the Soyuz TMA-18M capsule for the return trip to Kazakhstan by cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, who will himself have clocked up 182 days in the …
Lester Haines, 1 Mar 2016

ISS 'nauts prepare to wrap One Year Mission

ISS residents Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are preparing to wrap their One Year Mission aboard the International Space Station, and will return to terra firma on 1 March after 340 days aloft. The focus of the pair's extended stay on the orbiting outpost was to gain detailed information on how the human body reacts to an …
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2016
Neil Cardy's massive bacon sarnie from a cafe on the A90

Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake has pushed the orbital nosh envelope by enjoying a bacon sarnie as his first meal aboard the International Space Station. What makes a good leader? @StationCDRKelly having a hot bacon sarnie waiting as my 1st meal on #ISS. Boy that tasted good! #Principia — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) …
Lester Haines, 18 Dec 2015

Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake, NASA 'naut Tim Kopra and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko safely boarded the International Space Station yesterday following a tense manual docking of their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with the orbiting outpost. The trio blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:03 GMT. …
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2015

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