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October 17-23, 2016 / Vol 35, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA

14 Oct 2016, 20:29 UTC
October 17-23, 2016 / Vol 35, No 42 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Crew Launch and Antares Resupply: Maintaining a Human Presence in Space

The Soyuz MS-02 mission is set to launch ISS Expedition 49/50, Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrei Borisenko, and Robert Kimbrough toward the International Space Station on 19 October at 2:05pm from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It is the 131st crewed flight of Soyuz. The capsule is scheduled to remain on station for about 6 months as an escape pod in case of evacuation. NASA’s recent inquiry to the commercial space sector on how it might use an available docking port on the ISS has been met with enthusiastic responses from various private space companies. John Holdren and Charles Bolden noted strong desire among USA firms to attach fully fledged commercial modules to the ISS, expanding on what Bigelow accomplished with BEAM. Commercial cargo and resupply is already being provided to ISS by the un-crewed SpaceX Dragon and Orbital ATK Cygnus. An Antares rocket in 230 configuration is scheduled to launch Cygnus OA-5 with about 2,400 kg of provisions and research gear to the ISS NET Oct 16. The return to flight comes almost 2 years after the failure on Oct 28, 2014 of the Orb-3 launch. Building on commercial access ...

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