Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Cube Sats Launch

Four NASA-sponsored CubeSats and a NASA-funded CubeSat, were among thirteen small spacecraft launched from Southern California’s Vandenburg Air Force Base on Oct. 8.

The NASA-funded device will test how accurately a CubeSat can be pointed during high speed data transfer by laser. The NASA-sponsored CubeSats will test new control and communications systems, Earth observations, amateur radio communications and an X-Band radio science transponder.


Launch Later Today



There is a rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virgina between 2300 and 0100 UTC (7 pm to 9 pm) and if you are in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US coast you may be able to see it.  Hopefully for the rest of us there will be video coverage – I will post a link if there is live coverage, I should have it up by 2200 UTC

Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud that is blue-green and red in color.

Residents from Long Island, New York, 235 miles north of the launch site, to Morehead City, North Carolina, 232 miles south, 165 miles west in Charlottesville, Virginia — and everyone in between — could get a glimpse of the colorful evening launch.

Sounding rockets, also called suborbital rockets, are valuable tools in qualifying technologies for flight. During this suborbital flight, NASA will test a modified Black Brant sounding rocket motor, launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and sub-payload ejection technologies. – NASA

Image: NASA Planning Lab


Soyuz Ready to Launch


Early on 02 September a crew of three will launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-18M space craft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launch time: 04:37 UTC / 00:37 EDT

The crew: Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov (Roscosmos),Andreas Mogensen (ESA), and Aidyn Aimbetov from (Kazcosmos).

Kazcosmos is the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Both Mogensen and Aimbetov are first time fliers. Volkov is a very well seasoned and experienced cosmonaut.

For those in North America that can get NASA TV they will carry the launch live.

Below is a USTREAM link to NASA TV

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Fly Kounotori

As I mentioned yesterday the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch a cargo ship to the International Space Station this morning.

The cargo ship named Kounotori which means “White Stork”, is set to deliver more than 3,600 kg (8,000 lb) of supplies and equipment.

Launch coverage begins at 11:00 UTC / 07:00 EDT.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Japan to Launch Cargo Ship

JAXA is scheduled to launch its H-II Transport Vehicle 5 (HTV-5) to the International Space Station  tomorrow at 11:50 UTC / 07:50 a.m. EDT.

The HTV-5 will launch from the Tanegashima Space Center if the weather cooperates. The launch has been delayed twice due to weather.

If all goes as scheduled the HTV-5 will arrive at the ISS on 24 August.

Streaming coverage can be found at NASA-TV starting at 11:00 UTC / 07:00 EDT.

India’s DMC3 Mission

dmc3India is going to launch a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for the 30th time. On board are three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom (UK). The PSLV-C28 will be the ninth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration.

In addition two auxiliary satellites from UK, viz., CBNT-1, a technology demonstrator earth observation micro satellite built by SSTL, and De-OrbitSail, a technology demonstrator nano satellite built by Surrey Space Centre.

Last I knew everything was on track for a 16:28 UTC launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota (SDSC-SHAR), the spaceport of India.

Here’s a link to the Live webcast also found here on the PSLV-C28 / DMC3 Mission page.

Even if this is the 30th launch of the PSLV (!) – Good Luck to ISRO!

Russian Cargo Ship Launch

The Russian ISS Progress 60 cargo ship will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 04:55 UTC / 00:55 EDT tomorrow morning (Friday 03 July 2015).

The ship will deliver 2,770 kg / 6,105 lbs of supplies including food, water, oxygen spare parts etc.

The cargo ship is scheduled to dock with the ISS on 05 July 2015 at 07:13 UTC / 03:13 EDT with coverage beginning at 06:30 UTC / 02:30 EDT.

Click here for streaming coverage of both launch and docking via NASA TV.

I should note this is the first Progress launch after the failed Progress 59 launch this spring.

I’ll post a replay once it becomes available.

Sentinel-2A Launch Replay

Here’s a replay of the launch of Sentinel-2A, the second satellite of Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring program. Video courtesy of ESA.

From ESA:
Designed as a two-satellite constellation – Sentinel-2A and -2B – the Sentinel-2 mission carries an innovative wide swath high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands for a new perspective of our land and vegetation. This information will be used for agricultural and forestry practices and for helping manage food security. It will also provide information on pollution in lakes and coastal waters. Images of floods, volcanic eruptions and landslides contribute to disaster mapping and help humanitarian relief efforts.