Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Orbital Launch Update

If you were wondering what happened to the Orbital launch, nothing it is still sitting on the pad.


This image from 04  December shows the Atlas V rocket and Cygnus spacecraft at the launch pad.  Image: Orbital Sciences and  Steven Siceloff.

Today another attempt will be made today at 16:44 EST / 21:44 UTC with coverage beginning at 15:45 EST / 20:45 UTC.  You can watch at this post from the other day.

Will it launch today?  There is still only a 40 percent chance of launch.  If you miss (ed) the launch should it occur , I’ll have a replay when it becomes available.

Orbital to Launch Cargo Ship

Launch Date:  03 December 2015
Launch Time: 23:00 UTC / 18:00 EST

The Orbital ATK Cygnus will lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida. The mission will be the first flight of the enhanced variant of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft, capable of delivering more than 7,700 pounds of essential crew supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the station.

Science payloads include a new life science facility that will support studies on cell cultures, bacteria, and other micro-organisms; a microsatellite deployer and the first microsatellite to be deployed from the space station; experiments that will study the behavior of gases and liquids and clarify the thermo-physical properties of molten steel; and evaluations of flame-resistant textiles.

I’ll add a video link to this post before launch so if you want to watch you can come back about an hour before launch.

Cube Sats Launch

Four NASA-sponsored CubeSats and a NASA-funded CubeSat, were among thirteen small spacecraft launched from Southern California’s Vandenburg Air Force Base on Oct. 8.

The NASA-funded device will test how accurately a CubeSat can be pointed during high speed data transfer by laser. The NASA-sponsored CubeSats will test new control and communications systems, Earth observations, amateur radio communications and an X-Band radio science transponder.


Launch Later Today



There is a rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virgina between 2300 and 0100 UTC (7 pm to 9 pm) and if you are in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US coast you may be able to see it.  Hopefully for the rest of us there will be video coverage – I will post a link if there is live coverage, I should have it up by 2200 UTC

Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud that is blue-green and red in color.

Residents from Long Island, New York, 235 miles north of the launch site, to Morehead City, North Carolina, 232 miles south, 165 miles west in Charlottesville, Virginia — and everyone in between — could get a glimpse of the colorful evening launch.

Sounding rockets, also called suborbital rockets, are valuable tools in qualifying technologies for flight. During this suborbital flight, NASA will test a modified Black Brant sounding rocket motor, launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and sub-payload ejection technologies. – NASA

Image: NASA Planning Lab


Soyuz Ready to Launch


Early on 02 September a crew of three will launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-18M space craft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launch time: 04:37 UTC / 00:37 EDT

The crew: Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov (Roscosmos),Andreas Mogensen (ESA), and Aidyn Aimbetov from (Kazcosmos).

Kazcosmos is the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Both Mogensen and Aimbetov are first time fliers. Volkov is a very well seasoned and experienced cosmonaut.

For those in North America that can get NASA TV they will carry the launch live.

Below is a USTREAM link to NASA TV

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Fly Kounotori

As I mentioned yesterday the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch a cargo ship to the International Space Station this morning.

The cargo ship named Kounotori which means “White Stork”, is set to deliver more than 3,600 kg (8,000 lb) of supplies and equipment.

Launch coverage begins at 11:00 UTC / 07:00 EDT.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream