Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Ready for More Launches?

There are THREE launches in the next couple of days!

We should have coverage for two of them.

SpaceX will be launching a Spanish satellite called Hispasat tomorrow morning or tonight depending on where you live.

Launch time is 05:33 UTC so join me with a cup of tea for this one. In the US the time will be 00:33 EST but on the US west coast it’s only 21:33 PST so tea might be out, but grab whatever and have a watch.

Those in Florida around the space coast or Cape Canaveral probably can watch live out the window.

Coverage should start 15 minutes prior to launch time. See you there.

As always replays will be shown here shortly after launch.

Also tomorrow there will be a Indian launch of a moon lander. Not sure about coverage.

Then on 21 March Expedition 55 will launch to the International Space Station from Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft to the International Space Station, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA astronaut A.J. (Drew) Feustel and Ricky Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are scheduled to launch at 13:44.

The Soyuz SATELLITE launch scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Friday at 16:37 UTC.

Welcome Home!

Welcome home to NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. They are shown here shortly after landing outheast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. They landed at 08:31 local Kazakhstan time or 02:31 UTC on 28 February 2018.

Image: via NASA

Found a short video I liked too:

Hat tip to VideosFromSpace.

Progress MS-08 Launch – Replay

The replay above from Space Videos.

So the Progress MS-08 cargo spaceship is on the way to the International Space Station loaded with 1,390 kg / 3,064 lbs of food and supplies including propellant to maneuver the station.

The delay means the cargo spaceship won’t dock until Thursday so we could get a chance to see the pair fly overhead.

Check: Heaven’s Above, N2YO, or SpaceWeather to flyby information.

Launch time: 08:58:45 GMT / 03:58:45 EST / 14:58:45 p.m. Baikonur time

I will start this early so you will see NASA TV until launch time, time well spent.

Replays when available.

Scrubbed

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.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch – Replay


 

WOW! Great launch and as always great video from SpaceX. Congratulations!

Launch time 18:30 UTC / 13:30 EST from Kennedy Space Center.

Updated Launch:  20:30 UTC / 15:30 EST, 20:45 UTC  / 15:45 EST delay due to upper level winds.  Everything else looks fine.

The payload? Not just dead weight as is usually the case, no this time the payload is the CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk’s midnight-cherry Tesla Roadster.

Heavy’s second stage will attempt to place the Roadster into a precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.

The Falcon Heavy is reported to have twice the payload capacity of the Delta IV at one-third the cost.

If the launch does not go off today the alternate date is tomorrow, same time.