ISS Astronauts go 3-for-3 in Successful Spacewalks, Robotic Arm Restored to Full Functionality

A series of three Extravehicular Activities concluded on Friday with another very successful spacewalk outside the International Space Station that finished repairing the Station’s robotic arm for upcoming visiting vehicle captures and external maintenance operations.

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ISS Spacewalk Effort to Conclude with Friday EVA to Replace Cameras, Fuses; Prepare for Robotic Work

The Expedition 53 crew aboard the International Space Station is gearing up for the third and last in a series of spacewalks planned this month to complete repair work on the Space Station’s robotic arm and deal with broken cameras and other outfitting tasks on the exterior of the complex.

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Atlas V Blasts Off from Florida on Fifth Attempt, Classified NROL-52 Satellite Confirmed in Orbit

Lifting a classified satellite in the interests of U.S. National Security, ULA’s Atlas V rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Sunday – finally getting off the ground on its fifth launch attempt.

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Soyuz Rocket Soars to Orbit with Progress Cargo Ship, set for Revised Two-Day Mission Profile

Coming back from a rare ignition abort two days ago, Russia’s Soyuz rocket shot into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday with the Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station with fresh supplies for the six crew members in orbit.

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Sentinel-5P Atmospheric Monitoring Satellite Rides into Orbit atop Converted Ballistic Missile

A Russian ICBM-turned-space-launch-vehicle lifted off from a remote Cosmodrome north of Moscow on Friday, boosting into orbit a satellite joining the world’s largest environmental monitoring constellation.

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Rare Soyuz Ignition Abort Scratches Express Rendezvous Plans for Progress Cargo Ship

Russia’s Soyuz rocket suffered a rare ignition abort on Thursday, preventing the Progress MS-07 cargo resupply craft from launching on a new fast-track rendezvous with the International Space Station that had been planned for demonstration in preparation for faster crew flights to the orbiting laboratory on future Soyuz missions.

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Progress MS-07 Cargo Ship to Attempt Fastest ISS Rendezvous on Thursday

A Soyuz 2-1A rocket rolled out to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunrise on Tuesday, greeted by colorful skies as the stage is set for liftoff on Thursday to send the Progress MS-07 cargo ship on an ultra-fast rendezvous with the International Space Station.

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Robotic Arm Lubrication, Camera Replacement & More – Back-to-Back EVA Success for ISS Astronauts

International Space Station crew members Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei checked off a busy task list on Tuesday on the second of three spacewalks planned outside the orbiting laboratory this month to tackle a number of repair and outfitting tasks.

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Final Building Block for Japanese Navigation Constellation Arrives in Orbit

Japan’s H-IIA rocket blasted off from Tanegashima Island Tuesday morning with the final building block in the country’s regional navigation system, designed to improve GPS navigation services in the street canyons of the island nation’s largest cities and deliver enhanced navigation accuracy to aid air traffic control.

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Falcon 9 Delivers 3rd Iridium-NEXT Satellite Batch, 1st Stage Masters Nighttime Drone Ship Landing

Continuing to move at a brisk pace through launch manifests on both coasts of the United States, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, thundering off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base before sunrise to dispatch the third group of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites into orbit.

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Final QZSS Navigation Augmentation Constellation Member to Launch Monday Night on H-IIA

Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, designed to improve the availability & accuracy of satellite navigation over the island nation, will reach full strength on Monday when the fourth and last planned QZSS satellite takes flight atop an H-IIA rocket blasting off from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center.

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Russia to Introduce Two-Orbit Express Rendezvous with International Space Station

Russia plans to speed up the rendezvous of the country’s Soyuz and Progress spacecraft to bring crews and cargo to the International Space Station faster than with the current six-hour flight profile that has been in use for the last five years.

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Delay to Saturday – Florida Weather Holds Up Classified Atlas V Launch with NROL-52

The launch of a classified satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been rescheduled for Friday after strong winds at the Cape Canaveral Launch Site prevented the Atlas V rocket to complete fueling operations for a launch attempt Thursday morning.

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