International Space Station


Low Earth Orbit Government Founded: Nov. 20, 1998 Mass: 419.7 T Volume: 931m^3
Status - Active
Details

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component was launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date. The last pressurised module was fitted in 2011, and an experimental inflatable space habitat was added in 2016. The station is expected to operate until 2030. Development and assembly of the station continues, with several new elements scheduled for launch in 2019. The ISS is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. The ISS consists of pressurised habitation modules, structural trusses, solar arrays, radiators, docking ports, experiment bays and robotic arms. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles.

Live ISS Tracking



A dark screen may mean the ISS is on the dark side of the Earth.

Expedition 65



Akihiko Hoshide

Commander

K. Megan McArthur

Flight Engineer

Robert S. Kimbrough

Flight Engineer

Thomas Pesquet

Flight Engineer

Oleg Novitskiy

Flight Engineer

Mark T. Vande Hei

Flight Engineer

Pyotr Dubrov

Flight Engineer

Docked Vehicles



Crew Dragon Endeavour

Crew Dragon Endeavour
Harmony forward C206 Active

Crew Dragon 6 is the Crew Dragon spacecraft launched on the SpaceX DM-2 demonstration mission to the ISS.

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Cygnus CRS NG-15 (Katherine Johnson)

Cygnus CRS NG-15 (Katherine Johnson)
Unity nadir Single Use

This is the fifteenth flight to the ISS by the Cygnus spacecraft under the CRS program and their fourth under the CRS-2 program. This is also the 11th use of the enhanced size Cygnus.

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Progress MS-16

Progress MS-16
Pirs nadir MS-16 Single Use

Progress MS-16 is a Progress spacecraft used by Roscosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

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Soyuz MS-18

Soyuz MS-18
Rassvet nadir Soyuz MS 11F732A48 #748 Single Use

Launched to the ISS in April 2021.

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Cargo Dragon C209

Cargo Dragon C209
Harmony zenith C209 Active

Second Cargo Dragon 2

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Agencies


Canadian Space Agency

Government
None
CSA 1990

The Canadian Space Agency was established by the Canadian Space Agency Act which received Royal Assent on May 10, 1990. The Canadian space program is administered by the Canadian Space Agency. Canada has contributed technology, expertise and personnel to the world space effort, especially in collaboration with ESA and NASA. In addition to its astronauts and satellites, some of the most notable Canadian technological contributions to space exploration include the Canadarm on the Space Shuttle and Canadarm2 on the International Space Station.

European Space Agency

Multinational
Johann-Dietrich Wörner
ESA 1975

The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 employees. ESA's space flight programme includes human spaceflight (mainly through participation in the International Space Station program); the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Government
Administrator: Hiroshi Yamakawa
JAXA 2003

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is Japan's national aero-space agency. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions, such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon. JAXA launch their Epsilon vehicle from the Uchinoura Space Center and their H-II vehicles from the Tanegashima Space Center.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Government
Administrator: Bill Nelson
NASA 1958

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Government
Administrator: Dmitry Rogozin
RFSA 1992

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.




Long March 2
Success
2 days, 22 hours ago
Yaogan-30-09
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
3 days, 12 hours ago
GPS III SV05
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (known …


Long March 2F
Success
4 days, 3 hours ago
Shenzhou 12
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

First crewed flight to the Chinese large modular space station.


Minotaur I
Success
5 days, 15 hours ago
NROL-111
Launch Area 0 B - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.


Pegasus XL
Success
1 week ago
Odyssey (TacRL-2)
Vandenberg Space Force Base - Air launch to orbit

Payload for the US Space Force’s Tactically Responsive Launch program. It is a space domain awareness satellite that was procured under the Space For…