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August 19-25, 2019 / Vol 38, No 33 / Hawai’i Island, USA

16 Aug 2019, 19:37 UTC
August 19-25, 2019 / Vol 38, No 33 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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ISS Expedition 60 to Conduct U.S. EVA-55, Prepare for Commercial Crew Vehicles and Soyuz MS-14 Test Flight

On August 21 Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan conduct an EVA to install International Docking Adapter-3 for Commercial Crew. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley suit up for a rehearsal of their flight aboard Crew Dragon. SpaceX is hoping for a December 2019 launch, but faces unknown delays after the April 2019 explosion of Crew Dragon and issues with parachute tests. Boeing Starliner is preparing for uncrewed test September 2019. The date has been waiting for a successful satellite launch aboard the Atlas V booster Aug 8. First-time astronaut Nicole Mann, veteran astronaut Michael Fincke and former NASA pilot Chris Ferguson are preparing for Starliner flight in Dec 2019. The first crew on an American spacecraft since 2011 will win an American flag left on ISS that year by STS-135. The 8.5-year gap in flights is a record, surpassing the time between Apollo-Soyuz of 1975 and the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981. NASA has purchased flights aboard Soyuz until Sep 2020. On Aug 22 Russia is set to launch uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 to ISS atop the new Soyuz-2.1a launcher. The venerable ...

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