The sounding rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility is ON again for tonight at 21:05 EDT / Tomorrow morning at 01:05 UTC. The launch has been postponed many times for weather. Tonight the weather looks pretty good, low chance of rain and south winds about 18 mph / 15.5 knots.
UPDATE: The launch was again postponed. The delay was for weather and not terribly unusual for the US Atlantic coast. Patience is the key, one doesn’t like the weather just wait a few minutes (I know everybody says that, but it’s true).
Launch date: 18 June EDT / 19 June UTC
Launch time: 21:05 EDT / 01:05 UTC
There could be a rocket launch tomorrow, or tonight depending on where you are. Launch time would be between 01:05 and 01:20 UTC 16 June / 21:05 and 21:20 EDT.
The launch is a sounding rocket from the NASA Wallops Facility. I had left the live feed up from the other day as this launch has been “active then scrubbed” many times (I think it’s five times already) due to weather.
BUT if you are on the US east coast you could be treated to some artificial blue clouds. I am hoping for clear skies as I am in the area for this!!
NASA – NASA has two ground stations—at Wallops and Duck, N.C.—to view blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part of the test. Clear skies are required at one of the two ground stations for this test. Clouds obscured both viewing sites for the June 13 launch attempt.
The June 13 attempt was the seventh for this mission. Previous scrubs have been due to a variety of issues, such as high winds, clouds, and boats in the hazard area.
The multi-canister ampoule ejection system flying on this mission will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously able during a sounding rocket mission.
Canisters will deploy during the rocket’s ascent and they will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.
The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 8 p.m. on launch day for viewing the flight.
Progress 67 is set to launch at 09:20 UTC / 05:20 EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
First comes the fuel:
Then the launch. But first a note about the following feed NASA-TV via UStream: If you happen here after the posted launch time or shortly thereafter, you may not find the launch but instead regular NASA-TV programming. I will remove the link later in the day and replace it with a launch replay.
In case you missed this landing. Welcome home to Expedition 51 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) landed safely near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
I must say, I’ve enjoyed following Thomas Presquet during his stay aboard the ISS.
Reminder: The SpaceX launch is scheduled for 21:07 UTC / 17:07 ET and you will find a link for the launch posted about a quarter to the hour.
The weather outlook does not look promising:
From (US) NOAA for Cape Canaveral: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 84. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Arianespace Launching SES-15 Communications Satellite. Launching from the Spaceport’s ELS launch complex adjacent to the commune of Sinnamary, Flight VS17 delivered a total payload lift performance set at 2,447 kg; it was Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2017 and the Russian-built Soyuz’ 17th liftoff from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport.
The launch of the Inmarsat-5 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). LC-39A saw many of the Apollo missions and eventually Apollo 11. After Apollo LC-39A was used for the Shuttle program and now the site is being used by Space X and after much modification Space X can support launches of both commercial and crew missions on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.
This is the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 spacecraft in the Global Xpress (GX) constellation. Inmarsat, the only operator of a global Ka-band network, created the GX platform to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.
Because of mission requirements there was no attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket. is about 9-minutes into the video.