NASA will be launching a tracking and data relay satellite from Cape Canaveral hopefully around 12:03 UTC / 08:03 ET.
NASA – TDRS-M, built by Boeing, will provide NASA’s Space Network the ability to support critical space communication into the mid-2020s, ensuring scientists, engineers and control room staff can readily access data for missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.
Coverage starts at 11:30 UTC / 07:30 ET on NASA TV, there will be a live link here at 11:30 UTC if all goes as planned.
Currently the weather at the space center looks to be pleasant with air temperature about 25 C or so (~78 F). No rain in area. . . yet.
I like the clocks, the last launch I noted both in a spreadsheet using values every few seconds and graphed the result. Sadly I did not get a full set start to finish because they switch the data stream to different parts of the spacecraft, i.e: the different stages 1/2. Still it was an interesting exercise.
Space X has a launch scheduled today at 16:31 UTC / 12:31 EDT from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
The Dragon cargo ship will be launched on a resupply mission – CRS-12 – to the International Space Station. Docking is scheduled for 16 August, that gives us a couple of days to spot the ISS going overhead.
We will have a live link for the launch at 16:15 UTC / 12:15 EDT.
Forecast from US National Weather Service:
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 102. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Note: 11 am EDT / 15:00 UTC
Do not be surprised if the launch is delayed or postponed due to weather. The forecast appears fairly typical for Florida this time of year and a thunderstorm could pop-up.
Replays later today, in the mean time NASA TV and that’s pretty good, so if you don’t usually get to watch, here you go.
NASA – NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) will launch at 11:41 a.m. (9:41 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than four months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in December. Video of prelaunch activities from the crew’s activities in Baikonur will air July 24-27 on NASA TV.
After launching, the trio will travel for six hours in the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft before docking to the space station’s Rassvet module at 6 p.m. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 5:15 p.m.
Here’s a replay. Fast forward to about 53 minutes into this video (most of it) to get to the launch.
Spectacular launch and interesting coverage. UPDATE: Reports are that this launch is said to be a failure as orbit was not achieved and everything came back down.
REPLAY COVERAGE: This is China’s Long March-5 Y2 heavy-lifting rocket set to launch from Wenchang, Hainan. The Long March-5 ranks among the most powerful carrier rockets in the world and this time around is sending China’s heaviest ever satellite, Shijian-18, into geostationary orbit.
Successful launch, the next one will be on 15 August I believe. Here’s a replay.
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.