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.

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

Expedition 64



Sergey Kud-Sverchkov

Flight Engineer

Kathleen Rubins

Flight Engineer

Sergey Ryzhikov

Commander

Docked Vehicles



Progress MS-14

Progress MS-14
Zvezda aft MS-14 Single Use

Progress MS-14 is a Progress spacecraft used by Roscosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

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Soyuz MS-17

Soyuz MS-17
Rassvet nadir Soyuz MS 11F732A48 #746 Single Use

Soyuz MS-17 is a Soyuz spacecraft scheduled to launch in October 2020. It will transport three members of the Expedition 63 crew to the International Space Station.

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Progress MS-15

Progress MS-15
Pirs nadir MS-15 Single Use

Progress MS-15 is a Progress spacecraft used by Roscosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

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Cygnus CRS NG-14

Cygnus CRS NG-14
Unity nadir Single Use

This is the fourteenth flight to the ISS by the Cygnus spacecraft under the CRS program and their third under the CRS2 program. This is also the 10th use of the enhanced size Cygnus.

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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: Jim Bridenstine
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.




Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
5 days, 12 hours ago
Starlink 13
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Soyuz MS-17
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-17 begins expedition 63 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins to the I...


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
NS-13
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

This will be the 13th New Shepard mission and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle (a record), demonstrating its operational reus...


Long March 3
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen 13
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink 12
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.