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As far as commercial companies. There have been 131 unmanned flights/ attempts to deliver people and supplies to the ISS, International Space Station. Most have been launched from Russia, but not all.

Five (5) missions were done by the European Union from their space flight center on the north coast of South America in Kourou, French Guiana.

Japan has sent up nine (9) missions from their launch center on Tanegashima, an island approximately 25 miles south of Kyushu. Their most recent flight was May 20, 2020.

SpaceX has done 21 flights and the manned mission currently enroute does not count.

Northrop Grumman now runs the Cygnus unmanned resupply program with 13 successful flights, most launched aboard their Antares series rockets from Wallops Island, Virginia.

Other upcoming flights planned include the Boeing Starliner in Q-4, 2020. Their demo flight did not reach the ISS due to a malfunction.

Another group planning to fly into space is Sierra Nevada Corporation/ Lockheed-Martin - with their Dreamchaser space vehicle. It looks like a Class-A RV sized Space Shuttle and their demo flight planned for Sept 2021 will land on the runway where the Space Shuttle used to land.

The crew on the Dragon demo flight launched Saturday will do a water landing in the Atlantic.

The Boeing crewed Starliner will do a parachute to land coming down in the desert of California near Edwards AFB.

Of course, the USAF is still involved in space with their X-37B spacecraft built by Boeing. It has flown 6 missions with at least two vehicles. Landing on runways upon return from classified USAF missions. Five times the craft was launched from Canaveral by a United Space Alliance Atlas V 501 rocket. The other mission was launched on Sept 7, 2017 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. That mission lasted for 779 days in space. The first three missions landed at Vandenberg AFB in California. The last two missions the X-37B landed at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

The sixth mission began May 17, 2020 and may be in space anywhere from a few months to 2 1/2 to 3 years or more.


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Dutch_12078 wrote:

I'm really glad to see we'll finally be getting back into human space travel again, and doubly glad that SpaceX is taking the lead in the endeavor!

Embarrasing to see the Russians and rheir Soyuz program was rhe platform used to get US Astronauts tothe ISS

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