A replay of the Orion return and splashdown.
Won’t be long and the flight will be over. We should get to see the video of re-entry, I want to see those big parachutes.
Follow the mission LIVE at the NASA TV link in banner above.
So far all is going very well so from a systems point of view mission managers must be quite pleased.
YES live video from the ORION
WOW! What excellent video! I’ll leave the link up for a time and will post a copy of the video when a linkable one comes out.
Mission/Orbiter: Exploration Flight Test-1 / Orion (United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Lockheed Martin)
Launch Vehicle: ULA’s Delta IV Heavy rocket
Note: This is the first flight of spacecraft that will take astronauts to Mars.
Current Status: Go
Launch Date: Thursday, 04 December 2014 07:05 EDT / 12:05 UTC
Mission Duration: 4.5 hours
Odds of Launch: 60 percent
Hoping to put up a look at Complex 37 at KSC when it comes available. — Webcam Image courtesy: NASA/Kennedy Space Center
Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Northeast wind around 10 mph.
Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Keeping an eye on the weather! This flight is short in duration and long on expectations.
You can catch the launch and return at NASA-TV link above and hope to have Live video on this page when the time comes.
Image Credits: NASA / NOAA
The Futura mission launches in just hours as launch preparations draw to a close and ESA’s Samantha Cristoforetti, Roscosmos’ Anton Shkaplerov and NASA’S Terry Virts board the Soyuz TMA-15M for launch to the International Space Station. One launched, the 274 tonnes of rocket propellant will get the crew at the station in just six hours.
Launch site: Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Launch time: 21:01 GMT – 23 November 2014
A very nice launch and all is well upon reaching orbit.
Arrival: 24 November at 02:30
Watch this launch LIVE at ESA- coverage begins at 20:00 GMT
I have been following ESA’s Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and you can too: samanthacristoforetti.esa.int.
Mission: Orbital Sciences Corp Cygnus Cargo Flight for ISS / ORB-3
Rocket: Orbital’s Antares
Current Status: Go
Launch Date: Monday, 27 Oct. 2014 22:45 UTC / 18:45 EDT
Alternate Dates: 28 to 30 Oct.
Odds of Launch: Unknown numerics but the forecast looks great.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 65oF / 19oC. West wind around 11 mph. (about 9 to 10 knots)
Some areas along the US East Coast might get a glimpse of the launch. Check the maps here.
Flight notes (from Orbital Sciences):
The ORB-3 Cygnus spacecraft is named the S.S. Deke Slayton, in honor of the late NASA astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton.
The Orb-3 mission represents the fifth launch of the company’s Antares rocket in its first 18 months of operations. It will also be the fourth cargo delivery mission to the ISS by a Cygnus spacecraft, including the 2013 demonstration flight. For Orb-3, Orbital will deliver its largest load of cargo to date, carrying approximately 5,050 pounds (2,290 kilograms) of cargo to the ISS for NASA. At the conclusion of the Orb-3 mission, the company will have carried a total of 13,378 pounds (6,078 kilograms) of essential supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the ISS and will have removed 13,444 pounds (6,097 kilograms) of disposal cargo, a vital capability for the maintenance and operation of the Station.
After separation from Antares, Cygnus will deploy its solar arrays and undergo initial check-out. The spacecraft will conduct a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit to bring it within 4 km of the ISS prior to receiving authorization to autonomously rendezvous with the station. When the vehicle approaches to within 12 meters, the astronauts will use the station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus and berth it to the Harmony node of the station. Cygnus is planned to remain berthed at the ISS for approximately five weeks during which time the station crew will load Cygnus with materials for disposal. At the end of the mission Cygnus will depart the station and reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.
An excellent launch, just wish I was around to watch it live. This was the fifth and last ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) going to the ISS.
ESA has the tradition of naming the vehicles and this one is named Georges Lemaître. Lemaitre was the first to postulate the the Big Bang theory and much more, check out the link.
lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket.
The vehicle will deliver 6561 kg of freight, including 2628 kg of dry cargo and 3933 kg of water, propellants and gases.
ATV Georges Lemaître lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket.
ATV Georges Lemaître is due to dock with the Station on 12 August and will remain attached for up to six months before leaving with waste material for destruction along with the spaceship during atmospheric reentry.
Two launches in two days!.
It is pretty hard to do a launch video much better than SpaceX, here’s the look of the Space X Launch.
The Falcon 9 Rocket left the SpaceX Launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The payload is SIX ORBCOMM OG2 satellites.
The launch went off without a hitch at 11:15 EDT 15:15 UTC.
If you live along the US east coast you may get a look at the Antares rocket as shown in the map. Image: NASA / Orbital Sciences
Mission/Orbiter:Orbital Sciences Orbital-2 Cargo resupply / Cygnus spacecraft
Mission Highlights: This mission will deliver more than 1,360 kg (3000 lbs) of assorted supplies, hardware and tools. A group of nanosatellites are part of the scientific payloads. The nanosats will capture imagery of Earth, will aid in development of a way to return small samples from the ISS and student-designed experiments.
Current Status: Go
Launch Date UPDATED: Sunday 13 July 2014 16:52 UTC (12:52 EDT)
Launch Facility:Wallops Flight Facility (Virginia)
Postponed until 02 July at 09:56 UTC (05:56 EDT) – the delay was due to a problem with the noise suppression system at the launch pad and not with the rocket or spacecraft.
This is the launch gantry around the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite onboard. The image was taken 29 June at Space Launch Complex 2 – Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch is scheduled for 09:56 UTC (05:56 EDT). According to NASA:
The weather forecast is essentially unchanged and calls for a 100 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time. At liftoff time the temperature will be near 52 degrees, winds from the Northwest at 5-8 knots and a visibility of 1 to 2 miles in coastal fog.
NASA TV coverage at 07:45 to 11:00 UTC (03:45 to 07:00 EDT). The NASA TV link in the banner should work, but if not try here.
In case you missed it, here’s yesterday’s Space X launch.
Part of the mission was to land the first stage successfully and according to Space X, the landing was good. A successful landing in this case is a vertical “soft” landing and telemetry indicated it looks like it did indeed transmitting for eight seconds after reaching the water and stopped transmitting when it tipped over horizontally — not all the data though. Last reports had ships heading to the location for the possible recovery of the first stage. The recovery effort is NOT expected to be successful, but who knows.
Nice look at the first stage separation and stage two engine starting up.