A Few Updates

First we have an update on the launch zone for the Ariane 6 in in French Guiana from this newly released video:

Next, the Progress MS-06 cargo-spacecraft attached to the International Space Station (ISS)  fired its propulsion unit to adjust the orbital parameters of the ISS. According to Roscosmos a 183.6 second burn changed the speed of the ISS by just 0.36 meters/sec or 1.18 feet/sec. This was done to set up “the formation of ballistic conditions for the landing of the transport manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-05, scheduled for December 14, 2017, as well as the launch of the Soyuz MS-07 transport manned spacecraft scheduled for December 17, 2017”.

Roscosmos is also reporting a commission is being formed to investigate the failed satellite deployment. See the replay here. After a nice looking launch there was apparently a communication issue resulting in the loss of the satellite.  The loss is disappointing to be sure, but the commission will hopefully find out what happened and prevent such occurrences in the future. The results of the investigation should be known by 15 December 2017.

Then we have the SpaceX Zuma mission. Last rumor I heard was that the mission has been postponed indefinitely. I say “rumor” because I read that somewhere but can’t point to a source. There is nothing on the Space X website so I’ll just keep an eye out but don’t expect anything very soon.

Now for the future:

A few days from now (08 December 2017) Space X will be launching a cargo-spaceship to the ISS from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.

On 14 December 2017 as mentioned previously, the manned Soyuz spacecraft with Randy Bresnik of NASA, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency will undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station’s Rassvet module and land in Kazakhstan.

Finally: NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and crewmates Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launch to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


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