Steps of ISS assembly
On February 15, 2020 the launch of the Antares-230+ launch vehicle together with
Cygnus NG-13 transport cargo vehicle (S.S. Robert H. Lawrence) was performed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. On February 18, 2020 Cygnus transport cargo vehicle was docked with the ISS Module Unity by the dexterous manipulator Canadarm-2. The space vehicle delivered to the station 3.4 tons of various cargoes, including scientific-research equipment, clothes and food for the crew.
On May 11, 2020 Cygnus transport cargo vehicle was undocked from ISS for the launch of nanosputniks in autonomous flight. On May 29, 2019 it was de-orbited and burned over the Pacific Ocean.
On March 7, 2020 the launch of the Falcon-9 launch vehicle together with Dragon CRS-20 transport cargo vehicle developed by the Space-X company was performed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, by the launch team of the Space-X company. On March 9, 2020 Dragon transport cargo vehicle was docked with the ISS Module Harmony by Canadarm-2 manipulator. The space vehicle delivered to the station 2 tons of various cargoes, including science hardware, food and consumables.
On April 7, 2020 Dragon was undocked from the ISS, and on the same day the unmanned capsule landed in the Pacific Ocean near the west coast of USA. The vehicle returned to the ground the experiment results, exhausted hardware and devices.
On April 9, 2020 Russian crew transport spacecraft Soyuz MS-16 was launched by the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome (the ISS assembly program, flight 62S) and it docked with ISS on the same day. Onboard the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft there are three members of the crew of Expedition 62/63 (ISS-62/63), namely Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner and american astronaut Christopher Cassidy. The launch purpose is the following: to deliver the Expedition 62/63 crew (ISS-62/63) to the ISS; 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 25, 2020 Baikonur Cosmodrome saw the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a LV together with Progress MS-14 transport cargo vehicle of the new generation (ISS Mission Program, flight number is 75P), which was docked with ISS on the same day. The space vehicle will deliver to the station more than 2.5 tons of various cargoes that are needed to continue the ISS mission in manned mode and provide living and working conditions for the crew.