International Space Station


Low Earth Orbit Government Founded: Nov. 20, 1998 Mass: 419.7 T Volume: 931m^3
Status - Active
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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 62



Oleg Skripochka

Commander

Andrew R. Morgan

Flight Engineer

Jessica Meir

Flight Engineer

Docked Vehicles



Soyuz MS-15

Soyuz MS-15
Zvezda Aft Soyuz MS 11F732A48 #744 Single Use

Soyuz MS-15 is a Soyuz spacecraft planned scheduled to launch in September 2019. It will transport three members of the Expedition 61 crew to the International Space Station. MS-15 will be the 144th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft and the last flight of Soyuz-FG launcher. The crew will consist of a Russian commander, an American flight engineer, and the first Emirati astronaut.

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Progress MS-13

Progress MS-13
Pirs nadir MS-13 Single Use

Progress MS-13 is a Progress spacecraft used by Roscosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

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Dragon C112

Dragon C112
Harmony nadir C112 Active

The C112 capsule was flown on CRS-10 and CRS-16. On CRS-10 the capsule lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center from pad 39A. This was the first flight from this pad since STS-135 left the pad in mid-2011. The vehicle experienced some software issues meaning its berthing was delayed for a day.

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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.




Atlas V 551
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
AEHF-6
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

This is the sixth and final satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system, which is a series of communications satellites operat...


Long March 2
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Yaogan-30-06
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan 30-01-01 to 30-01-03 (Remote Sensing Satellite-30-01-01 to 30-01-03) satellites, were launched by CZ-2C rocket from China's Xichang spac...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
OneWeb 3
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Interned broadband service for individual cons...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Starlink 5
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 2.1B
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Glonass-M No. 60
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Glonass-M, also known as Uragan-M, are the second generation of Uragan satellite design used for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a ...