NASA considers ISS Crew Expansion in 2017/18, Looks into Options for Soyuz Seats in 2019

NASA is looking to temporarily increase the American crew contingent aboard the International Space Station from three to four as soon as September by purchasing seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft given to Boeing in the dismantling of the failed Sea Launch endeavor.

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ISS Spacewalkers hook up new Space Station Batteries, blaze through Bonus Task List

A French-American astronaut duo ventured outside the hatches of the International Space Station on Friday for the second spacewalk in one week dedicated to the integration of new batteries put in place by the Space Station’s robots in an extensive effort to rejuvenate the ISS power system as the complex heads into its last decade of operations.

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Space Station Crew ready for Second Battery Replacement Spacewalk on Friday

A U.S.-European astronaut duo is set for a busy spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to continue outfitting the station with new batteries – a complex task split between the station’s robots and spacewalking crew members to give ISS a pair of revamped power channels driven by Li-Ion battery technology.

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Veteran Spacewalkers connect new Space Station Batteries, race through long Task List

Two astronauts spent their Friday working outside the International Space Station, completing a challenging spacewalk to integrate new batteries into one of the Station’s power channels to mark the beginning of a major transition in battery technology to enable ISS to head into its last decade of operations.

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ISS Robots work Overtime replacing first Batch of Batteries ahead of Friday Spacewalk

The robots aboard the International Space Station were busy over the past four days starting the most complex robotic maintenance task every carried out on ISS to replace the Station’s aging batteries with new state of the art units that will power the orbiting laboratory for its final decade of operations.

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Japanese HTV-6 Resupply Craft arrives at Space Station for critical Cargo Delivery

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday for an out-of-this-world cargo delivery to the orbiting laboratory including the first batch of new batteries that will overhaul the ISS power system for the Station’s next decade of operations.

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HTV-6 Cargo Craft on Course to Space Station with fresh Cargo & new Batteries

Japan’s HTV-6 spacecraft, launched atop an H-IIB rocket on Friday, is inbound to the International Space Station for a robotic capture on Tuesday to mark the start of a 60-day stay for the delivery of important cargo including the first batch of batteries to revamp the ISS power system.

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Japanese HTV Cargo Craft ready to sail into Orbit atop H-IIB Rocket

Japan’s H-II Transport Vehicle is poised for liftoff from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center on Friday to begin a four-day link-up with the International Space Station to deliver nearly six metric tons of cargo to the orbiting outpost including a set of six new batteries that will revamp the Station’s power system and replace a dozen aging battery units.

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Fate of Russian Progress Cargo Ship unknown after suspected In-Flight Anomaly

The fate of Russia’s Progress MS-04 cargo spaceship is uncertain after an apparent in-flight anomaly occurred while the spacecraft was riding atop the third stage of its Soyuz U rocket following an on-time blastoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

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Soyuz Rocket rolls out at Sunrise for Thursday Liftoff with ISS Resupply Craft

A Russian Soyuz U rocket topped with a Progress cargo resupply craft was moved to its Launch Pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the early hours on Tuesday to enter final preparations for a Thursday liftoff on a two-day chase of the International Space Station to keep up a steady supply of cargo for the six crew members in orbit.

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Cygnus Cargo Craft departs Space Station for In-Space Fire Experiment & Satellite Deployments

The Cygnus OA-5 cargo craft departed the International Space Station on Monday after a month-long cargo delivery mission, heading off on a one-week free flight to release a series of small satellites and perform the second Spacecraft Fire Experiment ahead of a planned end of mission date on November 27.

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Multinational Soyuz Crew boards Space Station after flawless two-day Flight

Three new arrivals pulled into port at their Orbital Home for the next half year Saturday night, marking the start of a very busy mission filled with a packed science schedule, plenty of visiting vehicle moves and a series of spacewalks that will outfit the International Space Station to head into its next decade of operations.

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Soyuz blasts off in freezing Temperatures, delivers International Crew Trio safely to Orbit

Three crew members from Russia, France, and the U.S. departed Earth Thursday night to head off on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station to participate in world-class science and outfitting of the Station for continued operations into the next decade.

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Soyuz Rocket reaches Baikonur Launch Pad for Thursday Night Liftoff with next ISS Crew

Russia’s Soyuz rocket stood under a Supermoon Monday night after rolling out to its historic Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site early in the day to enter the final days of its countdown to launch a crew of three to the International Space Station later this week.

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Orbital ATK books additional Ride on Atlas V for Cygnus Cargo Mission to ISS

Orbital ATK will call upon ULA’s Atlas V rocket one more time to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in the spring of 2017 to ensure the orbiting complex remains in a comfortable resupply situation and can operate at full capacity through what is shaping up to be a busy year for the ISS program.

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Flawless Sunday Morning Landing caps 115-Day International Space Station Mission

Temperatures were barely above freezing Sunday morning when a Soyuz space capsule parachuted to a safe landing in South Central Kazakhstan, returning with a crew from Russia, Japan and the U.S. after circling the Earth 1,840 times in a busy mission to the International Space Station.

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International Crew Trio to Return to Earth Saturday Night aboard Soyuz Craft

An international crew trio from Russia, Japan and the U.S. is ready to undock from the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft to put an end to a 115-day space flight with a parachute-and-rocket-assisted landing in South-Central Kazakhstan Sunday morning.

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