Saturday, February 28, 2015

Comings and Goings

"George Lemaitre" departing the ISS
The month of February saw two visiting vehicles leave and one arrive.

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft was unberthed from the Harmony module on 11 February 2015. It was deorbited and recovered in the Pacific after spending a month in space.

Also leaving was Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle. ATV-5 undocked from the Zvezda module on 15 February 2015. This was the last ATV to fly, but the design will live on in the form of the service module for NASA's Orion spacecraft program.

Just two days later, Russia's Progress M-26M spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 17 February 2015. It was put on a fast six hour rendezvous profile, and docked with the Zvezda module, replacing the ATV-5.

Progress M-26M carried food, fuel and experimental hardware for members of Expedition 42. It is scheduled to remain docked to Zvezda for six months.

In blog news, a new page has been created. You can find the "Visiting Vehicles" page in the navigation bar at the top of the page. As of this post, the page only has Soyuz, Progress, ATV and Dragon. In the coming weeks, more will be added.