Tag Archives: International Space Station

Russia cargo ship delivers three tons of supplies to space station

Source: Space.com

“A robotic Russian resupply ship linked up with the International Space Station this morning (Feb. 15) to deliver 3 tons of cargo, including fresh food, supplies and science gear for the astronauts on board. The Progress 69 resupply ship docked at the aft end of the space station’s Russian-built Zvezda module at 5:38 a.m. EST (1038 GMT) as both spacecraft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, over the area just east of the Philippines. Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, launched the new cargo ship Tuesday (Feb. 13) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after a two-day delay.” (02/15/18)

https://www.space.com/39712-russian-cargo-ship-progress-69-space-station-arrival.html

End space station funding right now

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Laurence M Vance

“If Donald Trump decides that he wants to end NASA’s funding of the ISS, it won’t be because he opposes government space exploration or government funding of scientific research in space. He simply has other ambitions, such as wanting NASA ‘to send astronauts back to the Moon, as a pit stop to eventually send people to Mars.’ But why wait until 2025 to end funding of the ISS? Why not end funding now?” (02/12/18)

https://mises.org/wire/end-space-station-funding-right-now

Trump regime wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows

Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry. The White House plans to stop funding the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, according to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post. … The internal NASA document has scant details over how the privatization of the station would work. As it prepares a transition plan, the White House said it ‘will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry.'” (02/11/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/02/11/the-trump-administration-wants-to-turn-the-international-space-station-into-a-commercially-run-venture/

Why not end funding now?

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Donald Trump’s possible decision to end NASA’s funding of the International Space Station by 2025 brings up that age-old question of the proper role of government, although it is certainly not he who is bringing it up. … If Donald Trump decides that he wants to end NASA’s funding of the ISS, it won’t be because he opposes government space exploration or government funding of scientific research in space. He simply has other ambitions, such as wanting NASA ‘to send astronauts back to the Moon, as a pit stop to eventually send people to Mars.’ But why wait until 2025 to end funding of the ISS? Why not end funding now?” (02/02/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/not-end-funding-now/

Trump regime wants to pseudo-privatize space station activities by 2025

Source: Popular Mechanics

“The Trump administration plans to end ‘direct’ federal funding of the International Space Station to free up funds for lunar exploration goals, as reported by Loren Grush at The Verge. A draft budget proposal from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) leaked to The Verge and other publications states a space exploration objective as, ‘Ending direct federal government support of the ISS by 2025 and transitioning to commercial provision of low Earth orbit (LEO) capabilities.’ The official budget proposal will be released February 12, delayed from February 5 due to the three-day government shutdown earlier this month. Congress will then review the proposal and has final say on the federal budget. NASA spends about $4 billion annually to support the International Space Station and its astronauts living there, and the agency spent nearly $100 billion over more than a decade to construct the station.” (01/25/18)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a15881726/trump-admin-to-end-nasa-funding-for-iss-by-2025/

Three astronauts take off for International Space Station

Source: Time

“A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule … launched at 1:23 p.m. (0723 GMT; 2:23 a.m. EST) Sunday from Russia’s manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later. … The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory.” (12/17/17)

http://time.com/5068001/astronauts-international-space-station/

Cygnus cargo ship delivers holiday goodies and science gear to space station

Source: Space.com

“A Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) today (Nov. 14) to deliver food, supplies and some fascinating science experiments to the Expedition 53 astronauts. Orbital ATK, a private spaceflight contracted by NASA to fly cargo to the ISS, named this Cygnus spacecraft the S.S. Gene Cernan in honor of the late NASA astronaut and last person to walk on the moon. After launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on an Antares rocket Sunday (Nov. 12), Cygnus spent about 45 hours catching up to the ISS …” (11/14/17)

https://www.space.com/38768-cygnus-oa8-delivers-supplies-to-space-station.html

Orbital ATK rocket launches NASA cargo to space station

Source: Space.com

“The commercial spaceflight company Orbital ATK successfully launched an Antares rocket today (Nov. 12), providing a Sunday morning spectacle for early birds along the U.S. east coast. Topped with the International Space Station-bound Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the 139-foot (42.5-meter) Antares rocket lifted off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia at 7:19 a.m. EST (1219 GMT). About 9 minutes later, Cygnus was deployed in low-Earth orbit, where it will spend the next two days chasing after the International Space Station (ISS).” (11/12/17)

https://www.space.com/38751-orbital-atk-cygnus-space-station-cargo-launch-crs8.html

Dream Chaser space plane makes crucial leap toward orbital flights

Source: Space.com

“Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft completed a successful captive-carry test (in which the craft is suspended from another vehicle during flight) today (Aug. 30) at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California’s Mojave Desert. The flight test was a crucial step toward using the space vehicle for orbital flights to the International Space Station. … The flight was the first of two planned captive-carry tests that Sierra Nevada will conduct from the NASA facility in the Mojave Desert. Once the flights are completed, Dream Chaser will be ready for an autonomous, free-flight, approach-and-landing test later this year. Sierra Nevada is developing the uncrewed shuttle to carry NASA cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) under the space agency’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) program.” (08/30/17)

https://www.space.com/37998-dream-chaser-completes-test-carry-flight.html

SpaceX Dragon delivers supplies (and science) to space station

Source: Space.com

“A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Wednesday (Aug. 16), delivering 3 tons of supplies, experiments and even some ice cream for the orbiting lab’s crew. The uncrewed Dragon spacecraft was captured by astronauts using the station’s robotic arm at 6:52 a.m. EDT (1052 GMT) as the two spacecraft were flying over the Pacific Ocean, just north of New Zealand.” (08/16/17)

https://www.space.com/37816-spacex-dragon-resupplies-space-station-crs12.html