The launch of the Russian cargo mission to the International Space Station has been scrubbed for today.
The launch was scheduled for 08:58 UTC / 03:58 EST or 14:58 local time at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has been scrubbed.
The cause for the delay is not readily available and an alternate launch date/time is “under review”. I don’t imagine it will be very long.
If you are following the SpaceX Tesla Roadster and Starman you might be interested to know that Stellarium can follow them too.
To make sure it is added, open the Stellarium, Open the configuration options (F2), select the Plug-in’s tab, choose Satellites (on the left) and then click the configure button on the bottom.
Then go to the Satellite tab and on the left side you will see a button that says “all” and under that is a box you can type in (you will see a list below the box) type TESLA ROADSTER and you will see it pop up on the list and you should be good to go.
It might seem complicated to do, but it’s really pretty easy. I want to capture the orbital diagram from above, I just need to remember how to do it. Maybe I cannot, I’ll keep trying.
Just a heads up. There is a launch scheduled for 25 January 2018 of an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket from French Guiana.
The launch window opens at 22:20 UTC / 17:20 EST. I hope to provide a link so check back and of course replays afterwards. Note: coverage begins at 22:00 and launch window opens at 22:20.
This launch should be of interest to Amateur Radio operators. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission will explore in unprecedented detail our near-space environment, which is home to astronauts, radio signals used to guide airplanes and ships, and satellites that provide communications and GPS systems.
Rocket Lab launched the Electron Rocket successfully into orbit and deployed a couple of CubeSats.
The Electron rocket is 17 meters / 55 ft tall and is powered by by nine Rutherford main engines fueled with a kerosene and liquid oxygen mix.
Lift off was at 8:43 p.m. EST Saturday (0143 GMT; 2:43 p.m. New Zealand time Sunday.
Rocket Lab is a commercial entity with a New Zealand and US team developing the program. Rocket Lab claims to be able to launch 50 flights a year.
The Rutherford engines get their name from the New Zealand-born nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford and get this, the engines are the first to be primarily produced by 3D printing!
CONGRATULATIONS ROCKET LAB and New Zealand!!! Oh and beautiful video too!