Since this is a Schedule event maybe this is the right place for this question.Where does the Sept 2015 tourist event happen? Who gives up a Soyuz seat or do we have an extra Soyuz? http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30070.msg1212614#msg1212614know I could look up the old tourist info but that was then, this is now.thx
How come this thread, with schedule, is no longer updated?
This schedule is indeed a great loss, I certainly miss it. If no single forum member has the time to keep track of and update this schedule alone, then I was thinking that maybe the community as a whole could agree a set of standards (i.e. time zones, layouts, etc.), and then this schedule could become a "community project" so to speak, with anyone and everyone chipping in as and when they can? Maybe we could also think about producing a graphical schedule, in addition to the text-based one?
Today 8 Aug 2014, on the 1st visible pass over Romania (approx 18:15 UT), the ISS was followed by another light. The 2nd light was at about 7 fingers distance (arm stretchet out), is was fainter (like an average star) and the distance between the 2 seemed constant. On the 2nd visible pass (approx 19:52 UT), the 2nd light wasn't visible any more.What was that 2nd light?
NASA had planned to carry out two U.S. spacewalks of its own this month, one to move a failed pump module to a long-term storage position on the station's solar power truss and the other to replace a critical solar array electrical component. But the EVAs were put on hold pending arrival of replacement spacesuit batteries.The new batteries are scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship Sept. 19. Assuming that flight stays on schedule, NASA flight engineer Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst could venture outside for their first spacewalk sometime in early October, pending management approval, replacing a solar array power system device known as a sequential shunt unit.Wiseman and astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, scheduled for launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft Sept. 25, then would be clear to carry out the pump relocation spacewalk later in October.
...To camouflage their "little trick," Russian space officials began characterizing the 2018 milestone as the "first launch within the manned space program," instead of the first "manned launch," without specifying what exactly would fly from Vostochny in 2018. As a result, the official Russian media continued its cheerleading of the upcoming manned launch from Vostochny. In reality, no cosmonaut would be able to blast off from Vostochny until 2020s, when the new-generation spacecraft and the Angara-5 rocket are finally certified to carry the crew.Then, during Vladimir Putin's visit to Vostochny on Sept. 2, 2014, an official TV report caught a glimpse of a presentation handed out at a meeting chaired by the Russian president. The document revealed drawings of the Oka-T module and the Soyuz-2 rocket under a title "Achieving the first launch within manned space program in 2018."Given the enormous political weight of the 2018 deadline, there is little doubt that a long-delayed Oka-T mission will finally get proper funding and attention. Moreover, given a possible multi-year gap between the introduction of the Oka-T and the arrival of the manned spacecraft at Vostochny, multiple Oka-T missions could be undertaken. However developers will likely be hard-pressed to provide the new platforms with adequate scientific payloads...