Category Archives: Space Station

Japan Sends Space Junk Collector to the International Space Station

Japan launched a cargo ship Friday bound for the International Space Station, carrying a ‘space junk’ collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.

The vessel, dubbed “Kounotori” (stork in Japanese), blasted off from the southern island of Tanegashima just before 10:27 pm local time (1327 GMT) attached to an H-IIB rocket. Continue reading Japan Sends Space Junk Collector to the International Space Station

Asgardia: Probably Not Humanity’s Protector

At first glance, the Asgardia project sounds like a concept pulled straight from science fiction. Announced last week by a group of scientists and entrepreneurs, the project hopes to create a new “space nation” that will be founded on science and exploration and its intent is to foster peace and provide a platform to protect Earth. Continue reading Asgardia: Probably Not Humanity’s Protector

Russia Launches Robotic Supply Ship to International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship launched to the International Space Station on Saturday (July 16) on a mission to deliver three tons of food, supplies and fuel to the orbiting laboratory.

The resupply ship Progress 64 launched into orbit atop a Soyuz rocket at 5:41 p.m. EDT (2141 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where the local time was early Sunday morning. Progress 64 will journey for two days in space before arriving at the space station on Monday night (July 18). You can watch Progress 64 arrive at the space station here, courtesy of a NASA webcast. Docking is set for 8:22 p.m. EDT (0022 July 19 GMT). Continue reading Russia Launches Robotic Supply Ship to International Space Station

Space Station Now Has Inflatable Digs

The successful inflation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) could represent a new era in expandable space habitats.

NASA on Saturday successfully expanded and pressurized an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.

The flexible habitat, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), completed slowly extending 67 inches (170 centimeters) at 4:10 pm (2010 GMT) following more than seven hours during which astronaut Jeff Williams released short blasts of air into the pod’s walls from the orbiting lab using a manual valve. Continue reading Space Station Now Has Inflatable Digs