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CYGNSS Launch – Third Attempt

UPDATE:  YES!  The Pegasus rocket was launched and it delivered its payload of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)

Ok, this is the third attempt to get the CYGNSS into orbit!

Launch time is 08:26 ET / 13:26 UTC, pop in and have a look.

I’ll leave the live link up located in an earlier post: CYGNSS Launch.  Fingers crossed, let the third time be a charm.

 

CYGNSS Launch

UPDATE (third time)!  The launch did not go off as planned due to a hydraulic problem on the plane with the release system for the rocket.    15 December they will try again, launch time is the same as the previous attempt so that’s 8:26 ET / 13:26 UT, but the count was pretty close to a launch so I’d be a little early if you want to see it.

 

LIve link for the launch is up and active below:

CYGNSS or Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System is set to launch today (12 Dec).

CYGNSS is eight small satellites are aimed at improving tropical cyclone forecasting.

Once in orbit, CYGNSS’s micro-satellite observatories will receive direct and reflected signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. The direct signals pinpoint CYGNSS observatory positions, while the reflected signals respond to ocean surface roughness, from which wind speed is retrieved.

“This mission will help us get a better idea of the intensity of tropical cyclones,” said Frank Peri, director of the Earth Systems Science Program Office (ESSPO), based at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.  — NASA

There is a 60 percent chance of launch this morning, and this is not a ground based launch, the satellites are in Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL rocket and will be launched over the Atlantic.

I’ll add a live video link just prior to the scheduled 08:24 ET / 13:24 UT launch time OR will update with a new launch time should one be necessary.

 

 

Launch Day for JAXA

JAXA the Japanese Space Agency is going to launch its H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-6 at 8:26 a.m. EST / 13:26 UTC.

About the mission:
Loaded with more than 4.5 tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the six-person station crew, the unpiloted cargo spacecraft, named “Kounotori” – the Japanese word for white stork – will set sail on a four-day flight to the station. Also aboard the resupply vehicle are six new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates that will replace the nickel-hydrogen batteries currently used on the station to store electrical energy generated by the station’s solar arrays. These will be installed during a series of spacewalks currently scheduled in January.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the HTV-6 will approach the station from below, and slowly inch its way toward the complex. Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will operate the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station’s cupola to reach out and grapple the 12-ton spacecraft and install it on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module, where it will spend more than five weeks. Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA will monitor HTV-6 systems during the rendezvous and grapple.
– NASA

ISS Resupply Cargo Launch

The launch of Progress 65 a resupply mission to the ISS was beautiful.  Things went awry about the time for the third stage. Communications with the spacecraft was lost at 383 seconds into the flight – Don’t worry this was an autonomous flight, no people were aboard the spacecraft and the International Space Station has plenty of supplies.

ROSCOSMOS — “According to preliminary information, the contingency took place at an altitude of about 190 km over remote and unpopulated mountainous area of the Republic of Tyva. The most of cargo spacecraft fragments burned in the dense atmosphere. ” – link.

Launch Coverage

Coverage of the Soyuz launch to the ISS with Astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Peggy Whitson of NASA heading to the International Space Station.

New ISS Crew to Launch Today

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Have a great trip!

I hope to have a link up and running by 19:30 UTC.

Another great image from  NASA/Bill Ingalls

From NASA::

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will launch Thursday, Nov. 17, for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Prelaunch activities will air through Nov. 16, and live launch coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EST Nov. 17, on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The crew of Expedition 50/51 will launch at 3:20 p.m. (2:20 a.m. Nov. 18, Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

After launching, the crew members will travel for two days before docking to the space station’s Rassvet module at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 4:15 p.m. Hatches between the Soyuz and station will open at approximately 7:35 p.m., and the arriving crew will be welcomed by Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, who have been aboard the complex since October. NASA TV coverage of hatch opening and welcoming ceremonies will begin at 6:45 p.m.

During their stay aboard the orbital complex, Whitson will become the first woman to command the space station twice. Her first tenure as commander was in 2007, when she became the first woman to hold this post. Whitson has an advanced degree in biochemistry, and prior to her selection as an astronaut candidate in 1996, she served in prominent medical science research and supervisory positions at NASA.

The soon-to-be six crew members of Expedition 50 will contribute to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only microgravity laboratory. The crew is scheduled to return to Earth next spring.