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May 18-24, 2020 / Vol 39, No 20 / Hawai`i Island, USA

15 May 2020, 20:16 UTC
May 18-24, 2020 / Vol 39, No 20 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Expedition 63 to Receive JAXA + Roscosmos Cargo Ships, 10 Astronauts from Dragon Demo-2, USCV-1, Soyuz MS-17 Missions

Japan is set to launch H-2B rocket to loft the 9th H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV or Kounotori ‘White Stork’) cargo ship towards International Space Station from Tanegashima Space Center on May 19 at 02:30 am local time. Expedition 63 crew, Commander Chris Cassidy, Flight Engineers Ivan Vagner and Anatoli Ivanishin will capture HTV-9 using Canadarm2 on May 25, and ground controllers will install it to Harmony module Earth-facing port. Carrying 6,200 kg of supplies including fresh food, water, air, science experiments and 6 lithium-ion batteries, HTV-9 will stay attached for 2 months. Cygnus NG-13 cargo ship, released from ISS on May 11, will be commanded to de-orbit for disintegration in Earth atmosphere May 29. Exp 63 is planning to welcome SpaceX Demo Mission-2 on May 28 with Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who would become the first to launch from USA soil since 2011. This crew could remain a 6-member team for 1 to 4 months, depending on how well Crew Dragon solar panels perform, allowing for ISS USA EVAs, additional science experiments and maintenance. Exp 63 is scheduled to ...

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