The rocket is to test a new multi-canister ejection system for deploying vapors in ionosphere or aurora sounding rocket missions. The vapors will form artificial clouds that may be seen from New York to North Carolina.
There is a sounding rocket launch scheduled for tomorrow morning (29 June). Launch time is between 08:25 and 08:48 UTC / 04:25 and 04:48 EDT.
The weather forecast is looking good.
If you miss the launch, I will have a replay up shortly.
WOW! Great landing on the drone ship in the Pacific, just about perfect. Imagine that, one company, two launches from two locations and even two successful first-stage landing on drone ships in two different oceans in what? Two days! (23 and 25 June).
The video as posted is actually still rendering so it might not be available straight-away.
Fast forward to 16 minutes for the launch (16:25)
NOTE: Apparently the time listed here (and by Space X) do now match up with the the stated start of the live stream if you click on the video above.
Looks to be 19:10 UTC or 15:10 EDT. Ah, I just check the SpaceX site and it does say 19:10 UTC, must be the graphic and not updated.
Update 2: The one hour delay was for additional system checks.
YES! GREAT LANDING OF THE 1st stage, will they reuse it a second time?
I’ll put a replay here when it is available.
Space X will attempt to launch Bulgaria’s first geostationary satellite today.
The launch window opens at 19:10 UTC / 15:10 EDT and will feature the Falcon 9 rocket – recycled from the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base this past January. The original launch window was on 19 June and then 20 June so maybe this time will be the charm.
The first-stage will attempt to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The weather looks pretty good. Temperatures around 32 C / 90 F and no rain forecast.
Check back shortly before 18:00 for a live link.
Finally the sounding rocket launched from the Wallops yesterday morning after many-many delays.
If you think I was getting impatient, imaging the undergrads who had experiments onboard. Ha! Well it got off and all is well – good luck you guys and hope you get more data then you can use!
NASA – The mission carried experiments built by undergraduate students from universities and community colleges across the country through the RockOn! and RockSat-C programs.
The experiments, launch on a 36-foot long Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket, flew to an altitude of 72 miles and landed, via parachute, in the Atlantic Ocean. The payload has been recovered and the students are expected to receive their experiments this afternoon to begin their data analysis.
RockOn! and RockSat-C are part of Rocket Week at Wallops. Nearly 130 students and instructors participated in the two programs this week conducted in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia.
The sounding rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility is ON again for tonight at 21:05 EDT / Tomorrow morning at 01:05 UTC. The launch has been postponed many times for weather. Tonight the weather looks pretty good, low chance of rain and south winds about 18 mph / 15.5 knots.
You can see the launch at the NASA Ustream site
UPDATE: The launch was again postponed. The delay was for weather and not terribly unusual for the US Atlantic coast. Patience is the key, one doesn’t like the weather just wait a few minutes (I know everybody says that, but it’s true).
Launch date: 18 June EDT / 19 June UTC
Launch time: 21:05 EDT / 01:05 UTC
There could be a rocket launch tomorrow, or tonight depending on where you are. Launch time would be between 01:05 and 01:20 UTC 16 June / 21:05 and 21:20 EDT.
The launch is a sounding rocket from the NASA Wallops Facility. I had left the live feed up from the other day as this launch has been “active then scrubbed” many times (I think it’s five times already) due to weather.
BUT if you are on the US east coast you could be treated to some artificial blue clouds. I am hoping for clear skies as I am in the area for this!!
NASA – NASA has two ground stations—at Wallops and Duck, N.C.—to view blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part of the test. Clear skies are required at one of the two ground stations for this test. Clouds obscured both viewing sites for the June 13 launch attempt.
The June 13 attempt was the seventh for this mission. Previous scrubs have been due to a variety of issues, such as high winds, clouds, and boats in the hazard area.
The multi-canister ampoule ejection system flying on this mission will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously able during a sounding rocket mission.
Canisters will deploy during the rocket’s ascent and they will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.
The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 8 p.m. on launch day for viewing the flight.
Progress 67 is set to launch at 09:20 UTC / 05:20 EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
First comes the fuel:
Then the launch. But first a note about the following feed NASA-TV via UStream: If you happen here after the posted launch time or shortly thereafter, you may not find the launch but instead regular NASA-TV programming. I will remove the link later in the day and replace it with a launch replay.
The live feed is over. I will put up a replay when available (shortly).
Nice job with the docking.
This is a NASA TV live feed on UStream