Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Atlas V 551 with AHEF-4 – REPLAY

Here is a replay of the Atlas V launch with the AEHF-4 satellite going into orbit.

The AEHF-4 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) is one of the US Air Force’s communications satellites.

Coming up: BEPICOLUMBO! Very early tomorrow or tonight for North American viewers and points west.

Coverage set to begin at 01:45 UTC on 20 Oct // 21:45 EST on Oct 19 for North America

Expedition 57 Launch – Fail – REPLAY

UPDATE 3: NASA is reporting the search and recovery teams have reached the landing site and both Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin are as reported earlier in good condition. They are out of the capsule.

UPDATE 2 FROM NASA: “Teams have confirmed the crew have landed and Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin are in good condition. Search and recovery teams have been deployed to the landing site and are in contact with the crew.”

UPDATE: THERE IS A PROBLEM. Booster problem. Sounds like the spacecraft will be returning. Search and Rescue crews are at the ready and are in the air. The time line should be about an hour and a half to get them secured, that would be around 10:30 UT / 06:30 ET.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin will be launching to the International Space Station as the crew of Expedition 57. The pair will join other Expedition crew members Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who arrived at the station in June.

Launch time 08:40 UT / 04:40 EDT.

Spaceport: Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Spacecraft: Soyuz MS-10

ISS Arrival time: N/A Launch failure

Space X SAOCOM 1A – Launch REPLAY

SpaceX launches SAOCOM 1A satellite for Argentina.

The launch is from Vandenburg AFB in California and this also marks the first time the first-stage has returned to California – so SpaceX makes history again.

The launch is about 16 minutes into the video above from SpaceX. You can fast forward there but if you do you will miss some great information SpaceX always includes prior to launch.

India Launches Two British Satellites

Coverage from India of the ISRO launch of two British Satellites, the NovaSAR-1 and SSTL S1-4 satellites into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota

I think India has shown it’s ability to provide commercial launch capabilities — excellent work.

By the way, speaking of commercial / private space services, one of the world’s leaders Space X is about to make a major announcement.

ICESat-2 Launching Today

NASA is launching a mission called ICESat=2 today. The ICESat-2 spacecraft has a single instrument, the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), which will send 10,000 laser pulses a second to Earth’s surface and measure the height of ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation. The time for the laser to return will determine the height, pretty straight forward even if technically challenging.

The launch will be from Vandenberg California so no tropical systems to get in the way.

Coverage starts at 12:10 UTC / 08:10 EDT / 05:46 PDT with the launch window opening up at 12:46 UTC / 08:46 EDT / 05:46 PDT.

Coverage is via NASA, the link below will go to NASA TV programming so will be active before hand.

Here is a replay from “VideoFromSpace”. I was a bit tardy about this, spent too much time looking around for information on the Solar Observatory closure – and I found nothing much.