Steps of ISS assembly


 
Spacecraft Launch date Landing date Station element
78 "Endeavour" STS-126 Nov 15, 2008 Dec 1, 2008  
79 "Progress M-01M " Nov 26, 2008 Feb 8, 2009  
80 "Progress -66" Feb 10, 2009 May 18, 2009  
81 "Discovery" STS-119 Mar 15, 2009 Mar 28, 2009 S6 truss sections with solar array kit
82 "Soyuz TMA-14" Mar 26, 2009 Oct 11, 2009  
83 "Progress M-02M " May 7, 2009 July 13, 2009  
84 "Soyuz TMA-15" May 27, 2009 Dec 1, 2009  
85 "Endeavour" STS-127 July 16, 2009 July 31, 2009 Third section of Kibo Japanese Research Module
86 "Progress -67" July 24, 2009 Sep 27, 2009  
87 "Discovery" STS-128 Aug 29, 2009 Sep 12, 2009  
88 "HTV-1" Sep 10, 2009 Nov 2, 2009  

On November 15, 2008 the US reusable space vehicle "Endeavour" STS-126 (the ISS Assembly Program, flight number is ULF2) was launched, which on November 17 had successfully docked with the ISS. NASA astronauts make up the crew: Christopher John Ferguson (Commander); Eric Allen Boe (Pilot); Donald Roy Pettit; Stephen Gerard Bowen; Heidemarie Martha Stefanyshin-Piper; Robert Shane Kimbrough; Sandra Hall Magnus (all of them are flight specialists). The flight aim was to prepare the ISS for six-man crew permanent operation onboard the station, rotation of one ISS crew member (NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus took place of NASA astronaut Gregory Chamitoff), the ISS resupply using cargo module MPLP Leonardo; conduct of the ISS servicing and resupply activities on the USOS external surface; return to Earth of the equipment and delivery to the ground of the results of the experiments being carried out on the ISS. In the course of the joint flight the US astronauts had conducted four extravehicular activities. On November 28, 2008 the US reusable space vehicle "Endeavour" carrying the seven astronauts onboard undocked from the ISS and on December 1 the Endeavour had successfully landed on the USAF Base Edwards.

On November 26, 2008 Baikonur Cosmodrome saw the launch of the Soyuz-U LV together with Progress M-01M transport cargo vehicle (ISS Mission Program, flight number is 31P), which on November 30 had docked with the ISS following its 4-day autonomous flight. The space vehicle delivered to the station cargoes in excess of 2.6 tons, including reserves of oxygen, air, fuel, water, food (including fresh food products), as well as scientific hardware and equipment, flight documentation, parcels for crew, video and photographic equipment. Cargoes of 321 kg by mass are intended for the station USOS.
On February 6, 2008, Progress M-01M spacecraft undocked from ISS, and on February 8, 2008, it was de-orbited and brought down to its designated impact area in the Pacific Ocean after conducting after conducting in free flight an applied engineering experiment and testing a new digital control system of the spacecraft in various operational modes.

On February 10, 2009 Baikonur Cosmodrome saw the launch of the Soyuz-U LV together with Progress M-66 transport cargo vehicle (ISS Mission Program, flight number is 32P), which on February 30 had docked with the ISS following its 3-day autonomous flight. The space vehicle delivered to the station cargoes in excess of 2.4 tons, including reserves of oxygen, air, fuel, water, food, spacesuit for extravehicular activities "Orlan-MK" as well as scientific hardware and equipment, flight documentation, parcels for crew, video and photographic equipment. Cargoes of 390 kg by mass are intended for the station USOS, which include food, medical provisions, equipment for onboard systems and activities in open space.
On May 6, 2009 Progress M-66 spacecraft undocked from ISS, and on May 18, 2009 it was de-orbited and brought down to its designated impact area in the Pacific Ocean after conducting the Plasma-Progress experiment in free flight.

On March 16, 2009 the Discovery orbiter (STS-119) launch was performed (the ISS assembly program flight 15A). The orbiter successful docking with the ISS occurred on March 17. The following NASA astronauts were within the crew: Archambault Lee Joseph (commander), Antonelli Dominic Anthony (pilot), Acaba Joseph Michael, Phillips John Lynch, Swanson Steven Ray, Arnoldi Richard Robert and NASDA astronaut Wakata Koichi, Japan, all are mission specialists. The mission purpose was the following: delivery and mounting of the last section of solar arrays in the ISS USOS, rotation of one ISS crewmember (NASDA astronaut WAKATA Koichi replaced NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus), performance of the ISS servicing and outfitting operations on the USOS external surface, return of the equipment and the results of the experiments conducted onboard the ISS to the Earth. In the joint flight the U.S. astronauts performed three EVAs. On March 25, 2009 U.S. manned orbiter Discovery with seven astronauts onboard undocked from the ISS and on March 28 it successfully landed at Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral Cape, Florida.

On March 26, 2009 Russian crew transport spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14 was launched by the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome (the ISS assembly program, flight 18S) and the docking with the station occurred on March 28. Onboard the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft there are two members of the crew of Expedition 19/20 (ISS - 19/20), namely U.S. astronaut Michael Barratt and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka as well as spaceflight participant U.S. citizen Charles Simonyi performing the flight under the program of the Russian visiting crew - 16 (VC - 16). The launch purpose is the following: the planned rotation of two crewmembers of Expedition-18 (ISS-18) as well as the replacement of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft which operated within the ISS orbital complex as a rescue vehicle since October 14, 2008; implementation of fundamental, science and applied research, solution of the tasks for technical support of the prime expedition crew flight and maintenance of the station and its systems serviceability as well.
On April 8, 2009, Soyuz TMA-13 undocked from ISS, and on the same day the descent vehicle carrying the space flight participant Charles Simonyi and two ISS-18 crew members - Yuri Lonchakov and Michael Fincke - returned to Earth.

On May 7, 2009 Baikonur Cosmodrome saw the launch of the Soyuz-U LV together with Progress M-02M transport cargo vehicle (ISS Mission Program, flight number is 33P), which on May 12 had docked with the ISS following its 5-day autonomous flight. The space vehicle delivered to the station cargoes in excess of 2.5 tons, including reserves of fuel, oxygen, air, food, as well as spacesuit for extravehicular activities "Orlan-MK", scientific hardware and equipment, flight documentation, parcels for crew, video and photographic equipment. Cargoes of 466 kg by mass are intended for the station USOS, which include food, medical provisions, equipment.
On June 30, 2009 Progress M-02M cargo space vehicle was undocked from the ISS and on July 13, 2009 the space vehicle was deorbited and submerged in the Pacific Ocean nominal area following the flight tests of the cargo space vehicle modernized systems during its autonomous flight, as well as test approach of the cargo space vehicle with a new port of ISS Service Module Zvezda.

On May 27, 2009 Russian crew transport spacecraft Soyuz TMA-15 was launched by the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome (the ISS assembly program, flight 19S) and the docking with the station occurred on May 29. Onboard the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft there are three members of the crew of Expedition 20/21 (ISS - 20/21), namely Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk. The launch purpose is the following: implementation of fundamental, science and applied research, solution of the tasks for technical support of the prime expedition crew flight and maintenance of the station and its systems serviceability as well.
On December 1, 2009, Soyuz TMA-15 undocked from ISS, and on the same day the descent vehicle carrying three ISS-20/21 crew members - Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk - returned to Earth.

On July 16, 2009 the US reusable space vehicle "Endeavour" STS-127 (the ISS Assembly Program, flight number is 2J/A) was launched, which on July 17 had successfully docked with the ISS. NASA astronauts make up the crew: Polansky Mark Lewis (Commander); Hurley Douglas Gerald (Pilot); Wolf David Alexander; Cassidy Christopher John; Payette Julie; Marshburn Thomas Henry; Kopra Timothy Lennart (all of them are flight specialists). The flight aim was to deliver the third section of Japanese Research Module Kibo, rotation of one ISS crew member (NASA astronaut Timothy Lennart Kopra took place of NASDA astronaut Koichi Wakata); conduct of the ISS servicing and resupply activities on the USOS external surface; return to Earth of the equipment and delivery to the ground of the results of the experiments being carried out on the ISS. In the joint flight the U.S. astronauts performed five EVAs. On July 29, 2009 U.S. manned orbiter "Endeavour" with seven astronauts onboard undocked from the ISS and on July 31 it successfully landed at Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral Cape, Florida.

On July 24, 2009 Baikonur Cosmodrome saw the launch of the Soyuz-U LV together with Progress M-67 transport cargo vehicle (ISS Mission Program, flight number is 34P), which on July 29 had docked with the ISS following its 5-day autonomous flight. The space vehicle delivered to the station around 2.6 tons of cargoes, including: supplies of propellant, pressure oxygen and air, food, scientific equipment, additional equipment for the RS and USOS Modules, onboard documentation and parcels from the relatives.
On September 21, 2009 Progress M-67 spacecraft undocked from ISS, and on September 27, 2009 it was de-orbited and brought down to its designated impact area in the Pacific Ocean after conducting the Plasma-Progress experiment in free flight.

On August 29, 2009 the Discovery orbiter (STS-128) launch was performed (the ISS assembly program flight 17A). The orbiter successful docking with the ISS occurred on August 31. The following NASA astronauts were within the crew: Sturckow Frederick Wildors (commander), Ford Kevin Anthony (pilot), Forrester Patrick Graham, Hernandez Jose Moreno, Olivas John Daniel, Stott Nicole Passonno and Fuglesabg Christer, Sweden, all are mission specialists.
The mission purpose was the following: mounting of the MPLM module to nadir port of Node 2 Module, testing of MPLM, rotation of one ISS crewmember (NASA astronaut Nicole Stott replaced NASA astronaut Tim Kopra), performance of the ISS servicing and outfitting operations on the USOS external surface, return of the equipment and the results of the experiments conducted onboard the ISS to the Earth.
In the joint flight the U.S. astronauts performed three EVAs. On September 8, 2009 U.S. manned orbiter Discovery with seven astronauts onboard undocked from the ISS and on September 12 it successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

On September 10, 2009 the launch of the H-2B launch vehicle together with HTV-1 transport cargo vehicle was performed from the Tanegasima cosmodrome by the personnel of the Japanese space agency JAXA. On September 18 HTV-1 transport cargo vehicle was successfully docked with the ISS module Harmony by the dexterious manipulator. The space vehicle delivered to the station around 4.5 tons of scientific hardware.
On October 30, 2009 HTV-1 transport cargo vehicle was undocked from ISS, and on November 2, 2009 it was de-orbited and brought down to its designated impact area in the Pacific Ocean.