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Launch of unmanned Soyuz MS planned for August 2019

May 20th, 2018 by

The launch of a Soyuz MS spacecraft by a Soyuz-2.1a is planned for August 2019. The spacecraft will fly unmanned, which will make it possible to increase the payload by several times due to the lack of a part of the instruments and assemblies required to support crew activities. Currently, the unmanned version of the Soyuz MS is at the stage of compartments assembly.

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SpaceDataHighway: 10,000 successful laser connections

May 20th, 2018 by

The SpaceDataHighway system – the world’s first ‘optical fibre in the sky’ based on cutting-edge laser technology – has achieved 10,000 successful laser connections. The reliability rate has reached 99.8%, and during the first one and a half years of routine operations these successful connections have downloaded more than 500 terabytes of data.

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United Launch Alliance employees end strike

May 20th, 2018 by

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have accepted United Launch Alliance’s new four-year contract offer and will return to work after being on strike since 7 May.

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NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024

May 20th, 2018 by

“Lawmakers last week questioned the Trump administration’s proposal to end direct U.S. government support of the International Space Station in 2025, citing concerns about the economic viability of commercial outposts in low Earth orbit. In a pair of hearings before Senate and House panels, NASA’s manager in charge of human spaceflight activities, the agency’s inspector general, and independent experts testified on the future of the International Space Station, and the White House’s plans to discontinue government funding of the orbiting research laboratory.” (Spaceflight Now)

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