Category Archives: Launch / Landing


Really nice launch and EXCELLENT video from Stage 1 just hitting the mark perfectly on the return.

Here’s a replay from SpaceX. This is from the same URL as the live feed, I just took out the leader.

Great launch and landing!


Launch coverage begins about 15 minutes prior to launch.

Mission: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Launch time: 22:51 UT / 18:51 ET.

Launch Window Duration: 30 seconds (?!)

Alternate Launch Date/Time: Not yet specified.

Launch site: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9

First Stage Landing Attempt? Yes aboard the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You

Fairing Recovery Attempt? Not specified.

About TESS (via SpaceX): The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is NASA’s next planet finder, led out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. TESS will discover new potential planets orbiting bright host stars relatively close to Earth. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will search for tell-tale dips in the brightness of stars that indicate an orbiting planet regularly transiting across the face of its star. The satellite is expected to catalog thousands of exoplanet candidates around a wide range of star types, including hundreds of planets that are less than twice the size of Earth. The TESS mission is expected to find planets ranging from small, rocky worlds to gas giants.


TESS NOT Launching

I check in and all of a sudden the date has changed! I thought it was me, but no, the launch was delayed for “additional GNC analysis”.

That’s fine with me. I have no power at the moment and for the near future, hopefully by tomorrow. I have a picture of the culprit in a bit. Mid-April and ice and wind storms back-to-back, a year ago it was 27 C, this year -3.

The photo below was taken from my postbox. The tree extends to one lane in the road to the left. The downed line can be seen to the right. My power line feeds that line from a different branch (no pun intended), same with phone/internet. All I really need is for a breaker or something to be reset. Down the lane, well that is another story. If I could have gone another hour I would have made it. I am just one of thousands over a few hundreds of square kilometers, very spread out and rural and sometimes we have to balance the sweet with sour.

UPDATE: About dark the local constabulary set up reflective cones and flares etc. Pulled out all the stops.

Moments after filling the generator with petrol four power company trucks pulled up and the workers jumped out with chainsaws and other assorted implements of power restoration and set to work. The time was 00:30 right outside my bedroom. After two and a half hours they left and within a few minutes commercial power was back on. Not too much sleep but everything else is back to normal.

Space X Launches Iridium-5 – REPLAY

Here’s the replay of this mornings Space X launch. I did not get to see it due to on-going internet troubles.

Hopefully the internet provider can get the issue resolved, connection goes crazy and drops. LOL. I don’t think it is too serious but it is when it is not working.

Anyway, great launch.

Student Projects Go To Space

Utterly fantastic! It’s a great time to be a student.

NASA – Four university student projects were successfully launched at 6:51:30 a.m. EDT, March 25, 2018, on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket carried the projects to an altitude of 107 miles. The projects then descended by parachute, landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The projects were recovered and will be returned to the students for analysis.

The undergraduate student teams’ projects from Utah State University, Logan; the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; the University of Kentucky, Lexington; and the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, were launched through the NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Project or USIP.

“USIP gave students the opportunity to experience working in a research and development environment and learn about different aspects of taking an engineering project from conceptual design through fabrication and testing. Students gained skills in project management, design analysis and selection, fabrication, and assembly. The Nebraska USIP team also honed its interpersonal and writing skills through design reviews, monthly status reports, and required grant reporting,” said Amy Price, a senior mechanical engineering student and team lead.

She said, “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln USIP team is comprised of multidisciplinary students providing a well-rounded project team. Throughout the two-year duration of the USIP project, 29 undergraduate students have worked on the project. This includes students from various disciplines within the College of Engineering such as biological systems, chemical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering majors. In addition, there are math, physics, finance, and economics majors on the team.”

“USIP has been a fantastic experience for the more than 46 University of Kentucky students who have been able to work on the project. The KRUPS Operational Re-entry Experimental Vehicle for Extensive Testing has been a great opportunity for participating in the NASA systems engineering process and for obtaining hands-on experience designing, building, integrating and testing the capsule’s ejection mechanism and communication systems. A highlight so far was presenting the project to the NASA Deputy Administrator at the Spring 2018 Space Grant Conference,” said Gabriel Myers, a senior mechanical engineering and physics major.

Myers added, “Through cooperation with engineers at NASA Wallops and elsewhere, the group has been able to gain a degree of engineering intuition aiding the students in drawing connections between their classes and applying that knowledge.”

Wallops managers serve as USIP technical advisors for these four cooperative agreements on behalf agency’s Office of Education and the Science Mission Directorate. In 2016 NASA selected an additional 43 university experiments to fly on orbital and suborbital vehicles including rockets, aircraft, balloons and CubeSats through a cooperative agreement competition for members of NASA’s 52 Space Grant Consortia and other eligible higher education institutions.

Image: NASA

Expedition 55 Launch – Replay

The Expedition 55 crew is launching to the International Space Station.

Launch time: 17:44 UT / 13:44 ET

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Crew: NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Thanks to Space Videos for the replay.

Launching to the ISS Today

Launching today to the International Space Station.

Launch time: 13:44 ET / 17:44 UTC / 23:44 Baikonur time

Coverage here should start about an hour before launch. See you then!

wo American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are ready for their journey to the International Space Station that begins on Wednesday, March 21. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are set to launch in the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 1:44 p.m. EDT (11:44 p.m. Kazakhstan time) March 21.

After a two-day flight, the new crew members will dock to the station’s Poisk docking module at 3:41 p.m. Friday, March 23. About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the new residents will be greeted as part of the Expedition 55 crew by station commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).