Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Progress 68 Launch – Replay

The Progress 68 launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome tried another launch this morning and it went beautifully.

I really like the launch set-up at Baikonur.

Here we go! Great launch, replay to come.

Update: All is well and the Progress is ready to meet up with the ISS in two days.

ESA Sentinel 5p Satellite Launch- REPLAY

From the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, This is a northern Cosmodrome so it is only used for certain types of orbits due to the high latitude. For those in North America, this would be about the latitude of Bethel Alaska.

NOTE: Here’s the replay. Beautiful foliage, reminds me of here, and a very “different” kind of a feel to the launch, perhaps it was the fog or seeing the “rokot” lift off in the midst of the trees.

So far so good with the flight and deployment.

Space X SES-11 Launch Replay

Here is a replay of yesterday’s Space X launch putting the EchoStar 105 satellite into a geosynchronous orbit.

The launch site is Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

The first stage landing site is the drone ship – “Of Course I Still Love You”

The launch is about 13 minutes into the video if you are in a hurry, but it is very informative so I highly recommend watching.

The re-entry of the first stage was rather interesting, different than the others. Watch and you will see what I mean.

Progress MS-07 Launch Scrubbed

If you were looking for the Progress Cargo ship launch it has been scrubbed until at least Saturday.

There was a fault of some type in the last minute of the countdown. We do not know what caused the fault as yet.

Next attempt 14 October. Launch window opens at around 07:42 UT / 03:42 ET – I will find out for sure and update.

NROL-52 Launch Attempt 2

Currently (08 Oct 17 at 10:00 UT) there is no update.

Weather delay on the first try, yesterday.

SCRUBBED again. This time not for weather, but for a telemetry transmitter in the launch vehicle. I’m not so sure there wouldn’t have been a weather delay anyway and better to replace a transmitter here than have it fail on the way up.

United Launch Alliance will update the launch times.

The NROL-52 mission will mark ULA’s seventh launch of 2017 and 26th for the National Reconnaissance Office. NROL-52 will be the 74th flight of the Atlas V rocket and the seventh in the 421 configuration. — UAL

United Launch Alliance NROL- 52 Launch

SCRUBBED FOR TODAY – NEW LAUNCH DAY IS TOMORROW (24 hrs) – I’ll post the new launch time when I hear from ULA.

Update: Scrubbed due to weather, new launch time is 07:59 UT / 03:59 ET on 07 Oct (tomorrow)

Spelling this morning? I think this computer is getting tired, first “t’s” and now “c’s” don’t always register. The “t” key is especially bad. I’m not sure if I remove the key to possibly clean underneath it or not.
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An Atlas V ready to take to the sky this morning.

The launch site is Cape Canaveral Florida and lift-off is scheduled for 08:28 UT / 04:28 ET.

Replays to be posted later today so if you miss/missed the live launch the replay will be here.

Night time launches are always pretty spectacular.

Currently we are getting final approvals to continue count – there is a slight delay, but only a few minutes.

Here we go, countdown is about to pick back up for a 08:31 UT / 04:31 ET launch.

Oh no, a HOLD at T-minus 01:38, weather possibly.

Rolling the count back to the T-minus four minutes.

NROL-42 Launch – Replay

Early this morning the US launched a satellite, NROL-42, from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard an Atlas V rocket.

The satellite and what it does is classified so is not public. What was public was the launch time. I’m not one for looking at the comments in most videos, but from the ones I did see, a few people were wondering what was gong on.

Video

Return of the Dragon

UPDATE:  The Dragon is home and all is well.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo-ship was scheduled to leave the International Space Station this morning after delivering 2,900 kg / 6,400 lbs of supplies about a month ago.

The departure was scheduled for 08:47 UT / 04:47 ET today (17 Sept 2017) at the end of the Canadarm2 by Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) with the assistance of station Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA.

Dragon’s thrusters will be fired to move the spacecraft a safe distance from the station before SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, command its deorbit burn. The spacecraft will splash down at about 14:16 UT 10:16 ET in the Pacific Ocean, where recovery forces will retrieve Dragon and approximately 3,800 pounds of cargo. This will include science samples from human and animal research, biology and biotechnology studies, physical science investigations and education activities. The deorbit burn and splashdown will not be broadcast on NASA TV.

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization that manages research aboard the U.S. national laboratory portion of the space station, will receive time-sensitive samples and begin working with researchers to process and distribute them within 48 hours of splashdown.

In the event of adverse weather conditions in the Pacific, the backup departure and splashdown date is Sept. 20.

With any luck we might get video of the re-entry.

Image: NASA

Launch Day

Expedition 53-54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 21:17 UT / 17:17 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 12 (03:17 Baikonur time on Sept. 13) aboard the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft.

Live coverage should start here at 20:30 UT / 16:30 EDT.