There was a lot of discussion on Sunday about the impact of the loss of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft on the International Space Station. NASA officials said the ISS crew was in no danger from a supply standpoint, and they said they would stick to the existing schedule for crew rotation but might change the cargo manifest.
The schedule is shown in the table below.
|ISS CREW & CARGO SCHEDULE|
|DATE||LAUNCH VEHICLE||LAUNCH SITE||PAYLOAD||DESCRIPTION|
|7/3/15||Soyuz-U||Baikonur||Progress 60P||Russian cargo ship|
|7/23/15||Soyuz-FG||Baikonur||Soyuz TMA-17M||Crew: Kjell Lindgren (NASA), Kimiya Yui (JAXA), Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos)|
|8/16/15||H-IIB||Tanegashima||HTV-5||Japanese cargo ship|
|9/1/15||Soyuz-FG||Baikonur||Soyuz TMA-18M||Crew: Sergey Volkov (Roscosmos), Andreas Mogensen (ESA), Aidyn Aimbetov (Kazkosmos)|
|9/21/15||Soyuz-U||Baikonur||Progress 61P||Russian cargo ship|
|11/21/15||Soyuz-2.1a||Baikonur||Progress 62P||Upgraded Russian cargo ship|
|12/3/15||Atlas V||Cape Canaveral||Cygnus||Orbital ATK cargo ship|
|12/15/15||Soyuz-FG||Baikonur||Soyuz TMA-18M||Crew: Tim Kopra (NASA), Tim Peake (ESA), Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos)|
|2/12/16||Soyuz||Baikonur||Progress 63-P||Russian cargo ship|
|3/11/16||Soyuz-FG||Baikonur||Soyuz||ISS crew flight|
|3/30/16||Antares||Wallops||Cygnus||Orbital ATK cargo ship launched by re-engineered Antares booster|
NASA officials said the crew would have sufficient supplies into October even if no other cargo ships visited. The schedule shows Russian Progress cargo ships scheduled for launch on Friday, July 3, and in September, November and February.
In between the first two Progress flights, the Japanese space agency JAXA is scheduled to launch its HTV-5 freighter to ISS on Aug. 16.
Human missions to the station are set for July 23, Sept. 1, Dec. 15 and March 11. NASA officials said they did not see any reason to the July 23 flight.
Orbital ATK is set to launch a Cygnus resupply ship on Dec. 3 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V. NASA officials said they will see whether this flight can be moved up.
This mission will represent a return to flight for Cygnus following the loss of a cargo ship when an Antares rocket exploded last October. The flight was moved to the Atlas V while engineers refit Antares with a new Russian engine.
The next Cygnus flight flying aboard the re-engineered Antares is tentatively scheduled for March 30, 2016.