Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Preparing for Launch

ESA is buttoning up the four Galileo satellites that will sit atop an Ariane 5 for launch.

Flight VA240 is scheduled for for tomorrow, 12 December 2017. Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is the host for the launch scheduled for 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time).

We hope to have a live feed for the launch, which by the way is the first of a few launches in the next week.

Soyuz 2-1B Launch from Vostochny — REPLAY

A Soyuz 2-1B rocket lifted off from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome earlier today with a Meteor-M 2-1 weather satellite.

I thought there were a few CubeSats were on board as well but cannot confirm that.

It appeared to be a very nice launch with orbit achieved, but then this from Roscosmos: “According the flight program, the first three stages of Soyuz-2.1b have taken the ascent unit into the specified intermediate orbit. However, during the first planned communication session with the satellite, it was not possible to establish a connection due to its absence in the target orbit. Currently, the information is being analyzed.”

Updates when available. There is no news being reported at least from Roscosmos now about 15 hours after launch.

Launch of the JPSS-1 Satellite — REPLAY

Here is a replay and be sure to watch after the three-minute point for some spectacular video!

All is going as planned so far.

Launch time: 04:47 ET / 09:47 UT

Rocket: United Launch Alliance Delta II

Location: Vandenberg AFB, California.

Payload: US NOAA Weather satellite JPSS-1 AND four CubeSats.

Replays later of course.

Zuma Launch — Postponed

The Zuma mission did not launch as you may know. SpaceX is “take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing /for another customer.” Launch range has been preserved for 17/18 November but not date is solid as yet.

Will SpaceX put the “zoom” in Zuma? The launch window opens shortly at 01:00 UT / 20:00 EST.

Well if you are here on time you are seeing the same result “Live stream offline” message.  Keep in mind the window is two-hours.  I will just leave the feed up just in case.

Space X to Launch Zuma

I will try to have a live-link up for an expected launch of “Zuma” atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

Launch time is expected to be between 01:00 UT and 03:00 UT (17 Nov 2017) / 20:00 ET and 22 ET (16 Nov 2017) from the Kennedy Space Center with back up slots 24 hours later if needed.

What is Zuma?  Zuma is a classified American government payload and to be honest I don’t want to know. LOL.

What I do want is for Space X to keep the telemetry on the first-stage all the way to landing back at Cape Canaveral which they probably will do so I can continue to chart the altitude/time profile.  Please?  Usually there is breaks in the published data.   Hey it is a very interesting graph plot — yes  I am a data geek.

 

 

 

Will the JPSS Satellite Launch?

We will find out  at 12:47 UT / 07:47 ET / 01:47 PT. That is the launch time, other than some possible ground wind concerns the weather looks pretty good.

And the answer is NO.  It was NOT the ground winds that were the problem rather the upper winds.  They were talking about winds in the 120 + range at an altitude of 10 km while at ground level they were negligible .

From the discussion taking place between the forecasters and the launch control, it  sounded like the launch could be delayed for at least 48 hours and likely a bit longer than that.

Arrival and Departure

We have both an arrival and departure today!

First the docking of the S.S. Gene Cernan cargo-spacecraft at the International Space Station (coverage) at 08:15 UT  / 03:15 ET and an hour later the launch of an American weather satellite the JPSS-1.

Missed the coverage?  NOTE: The JPSS launch has been scrubbed. Rescheduled for tomorrow morning, I will update the time.

Docking replay and I will replace this with a more concise version shortly:

Orbital Launch Attempt 2 — REPLAY

Here is a replay (thanks to Space Videos) showing all the good bits as far as action goes.

This is the second attempt to get the cargo spacecraft in the air. Yesterday’s attempt was scrubbed due to an aircraft in the area.

I don’t know how they handle flight restrictions in an area for a launch. I looked yesterday (and this morning) for a temporary flight restriction for the area and did not see one, I’m sure there is I just don’t know the procedure.

Good luck again Orbital!

Wow! Great video of the pad during early ascent!

The Cygnus cargo ship “Gene Cernan” is on the way and all is proceeding perfectly.

I will leave this feed up for a while, next up is solar array deployment in about an hour (now 12:34 UT).

Orbital ATK CRS-8 Launch – SCRUBBED

UPDATE:  Launch time is 12:14 UT /  07:14 EST on 12 November 2017.

The image above shows the Orbital ATK Antares being rolled out to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s pad 0A.  Antares will carry the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft with more than 7,000 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station when it gets off the ground.

Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach

The launch SCRUBBED DUE TO AN AIRCRAFT IN THE AREA. What? Gee, I didn’t  guess that would happen.  Oh well, probably a 24 hour turn around. Pity though, the weather was perfect.

Will update later with a new date/time.  Today the  launch was scheduled for 12:37 UT / 07:37 EST;  I am going to guess if it goes tomorrow it will be around the same time.  We’ll see.