Category Archives: Launch / Landing

ISS Resupply Cargo Launch

The launch of Progress 65 a resupply mission to the ISS was beautiful.  Things went awry about the time for the third stage. Communications with the spacecraft was lost at 383 seconds into the flight – Don’t worry this was an autonomous flight, no people were aboard the spacecraft and the International Space Station has plenty of supplies.

ROSCOSMOS — “According to preliminary information, the contingency took place at an altitude of about 190 km over remote and unpopulated mountainous area of the Republic of Tyva. The most of cargo spacecraft fragments burned in the dense atmosphere. ” – link.

Launch Coverage

Coverage of the Soyuz launch to the ISS with Astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Peggy Whitson of NASA heading to the International Space Station.

New ISS Crew to Launch Today

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Have a great trip!

I hope to have a link up and running by 19:30 UTC.

Another great image from  NASA/Bill Ingalls

From NASA::

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will launch Thursday, Nov. 17, for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Prelaunch activities will air through Nov. 16, and live launch coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EST Nov. 17, on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The crew of Expedition 50/51 will launch at 3:20 p.m. (2:20 a.m. Nov. 18, Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

After launching, the crew members will travel for two days before docking to the space station’s Rassvet module at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 4:15 p.m. Hatches between the Soyuz and station will open at approximately 7:35 p.m., and the arriving crew will be welcomed by Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, who have been aboard the complex since October. NASA TV coverage of hatch opening and welcoming ceremonies will begin at 6:45 p.m.

During their stay aboard the orbital complex, Whitson will become the first woman to command the space station twice. Her first tenure as commander was in 2007, when she became the first woman to hold this post. Whitson has an advanced degree in biochemistry, and prior to her selection as an astronaut candidate in 1996, she served in prominent medical science research and supervisory positions at NASA.

The soon-to-be six crew members of Expedition 50 will contribute to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only microgravity laboratory. The crew is scheduled to return to Earth next spring.

Launch!

Yes another launch to the International Space Station, this one from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Two very quick flights to the ISS, but there was another (3rd launch) in the past few days. China launched Tiangong-2 and is well on the path to having a manned space station.

AND by the way, along with the ISS, we might be able to see either of these easily – check out Heavens Above and Spaceweather.com for more about when to and where to look.

Soyuz Video
China video

Orbital ATK CRS-5 Launch Retry

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The launch delayed due to an Atlantic storm is on for later today. The Cygnus cargoship loaded with 5,100 lbs / 2,313 kg of materials for the ISS will hopefully launch at 19:40 EDT / 23:40 UTC.

I will try to post a live link about an hour or so before launch. If you miss the live launch, I’ll put up replay video.

The image shows the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft arrived on Oct. 2, 2016 at the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia – Credit: NASA

Orbital ATK CRS-5

There will be a launch of Orbital’s Antares rocket topped with the Cygnus cargo-spacecraft destined for the International Space Station.

Launch time: No earlier than tomorrow (17 Oct) AT 19:40 EDT / 26:40 UTC (17 Oct)

I will try to have a live link up about an hour before launch, barring any delays of course.

Current launch status: Postponed due to an Atlantic storm. (updated as necessary. Status is available at the Orbital ATK Launch Blog)

Launching from: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad OA at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

People living in the US somewhere near the mid-Atlantic area can see Antares on the way up. The maps below from NASA show the angle of elevation too look and about how long after lift off it will take to be visible. Credit: Orbital ATK via NASA

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China Launches Space Lab

This is the Tiangong-2 launch published on 15 September 2016.

Tiangong (-1) is currently in orbit, sadly control of the space station has apparently been lost and it is anticipated the station will re-enter the atmosphere next year (2017).

You can track Tiangong 1 here at N2YO.  Exactly when and where re-entry will occur is unknown at this point.

Image: CCTV