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Will NASA use Soyuz manned flights after 2020 ?

According to latest news given by TASS news agency we can expect that even after introducing two new manned spacecrafts, NASA will probably keep using Soyuz spacecraft for delivering astronauts to International Space Station. It seems that this confirms previous gossips from the late 2016, that both new manned Dragon by SpaceX and CST-100 by Boeing suffer for huge delay. Still Continue Reading The post Will NASA use Soyuz manned flights after 2020 ? appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Dragon after docking, CRS-11 at the halfway point

Dragon robotic spacecraft reached International Space Station yesterday delivering necessary supplies and scientific payload after lasting 48 hours space chase. Dragon reached ISS docking port for the second time, as this particular vehicle already was used for CRS mission in 2014 (CRS-4). Main difference between these two missions was launch vehicle.  On Saturday, when CRS-11 started from Kennedy Space Center Continue Reading The post Dragon after docking, CRS-11 at the halfway point appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Dragon launched to orbit, CRS-11 in progress

SpaceX managed to deliver to orbit their cargo Dragon spacecraft on the top of the Falcon-9FT rocket. It was 100th launch from Launch Site 39A, eleventh mission contracted under CRS program and second Dragon flight in 2017. Rocket was launched from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. After two days of delay caused by storms, heavy rains and lightnings Continue Reading The post Dragon launched to orbit, CRS-11 in progress appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

CRS-11 mission delayed due the weather conditions

SpaceX was forced to move launch of their Falcon-9 rocket from today to Saturday, 3rd June. Delay is caused by poor weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center. Today weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center were changing and due the heavy rains predicted for evening hours SpaceX decided to move launch for later hour – to 21:55 UTC. Rocket was waiting at Continue Reading The post CRS-11 mission delayed due the weather conditions appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Falcon-9 after test fire before CRS-11 cargo mission

SpaceX managed to conduct test fire on May 28, last major test before launch of Falcon-9 with Dragon unmanned cargo spacecraft on the top. To remind mission start is planned for June 1st at 21:55 UTC from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. Last Thursday Falcon-9 passed through last fueling tests and test fire before CRS-11 mission. Booster was rolled out and moved Continue Reading The post Falcon-9 after test fire before CRS-11 cargo mission appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]