Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Space X SES-11 Launch Replay

Here is a replay of yesterday’s Space X launch putting the EchoStar 105 satellite into a geosynchronous orbit.

The launch site is Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

The first stage landing site is the drone ship – “Of Course I Still Love You”

The launch is about 13 minutes into the video if you are in a hurry, but it is very informative so I highly recommend watching.

The re-entry of the first stage was rather interesting, different than the others. Watch and you will see what I mean.

Progress MS-07 Launch Scrubbed

If you were looking for the Progress Cargo ship launch it has been scrubbed until at least Saturday.

There was a fault of some type in the last minute of the countdown. We do not know what caused the fault as yet.

Next attempt 14 October. Launch window opens at around 07:42 UT / 03:42 ET – I will find out for sure and update.

NROL-52 Launch Attempt 2

Currently (08 Oct 17 at 10:00 UT) there is no update.

Weather delay on the first try, yesterday.

SCRUBBED again. This time not for weather, but for a telemetry transmitter in the launch vehicle. I’m not so sure there wouldn’t have been a weather delay anyway and better to replace a transmitter here than have it fail on the way up.

United Launch Alliance will update the launch times.

The NROL-52 mission will mark ULA’s seventh launch of 2017 and 26th for the National Reconnaissance Office. NROL-52 will be the 74th flight of the Atlas V rocket and the seventh in the 421 configuration. — UAL

United Launch Alliance NROL- 52 Launch

SCRUBBED FOR TODAY – NEW LAUNCH DAY IS TOMORROW (24 hrs) – I’ll post the new launch time when I hear from ULA.

Update: Scrubbed due to weather, new launch time is 07:59 UT / 03:59 ET on 07 Oct (tomorrow)

Spelling this morning? I think this computer is getting tired, first “t’s” and now “c’s” don’t always register. The “t” key is especially bad. I’m not sure if I remove the key to possibly clean underneath it or not.

An Atlas V ready to take to the sky this morning.

The launch site is Cape Canaveral Florida and lift-off is scheduled for 08:28 UT / 04:28 ET.

Replays to be posted later today so if you miss/missed the live launch the replay will be here.

Night time launches are always pretty spectacular.

Currently we are getting final approvals to continue count – there is a slight delay, but only a few minutes.

Here we go, countdown is about to pick back up for a 08:31 UT / 04:31 ET launch.

Oh no, a HOLD at T-minus 01:38, weather possibly.

Rolling the count back to the T-minus four minutes.

NROL-42 Launch – Replay

Early this morning the US launched a satellite, NROL-42, from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard an Atlas V rocket.

The satellite and what it does is classified so is not public. What was public was the launch time. I’m not one for looking at the comments in most videos, but from the ones I did see, a few people were wondering what was gong on.


Return of the Dragon

UPDATE:  The Dragon is home and all is well.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo-ship was scheduled to leave the International Space Station this morning after delivering 2,900 kg / 6,400 lbs of supplies about a month ago.

The departure was scheduled for 08:47 UT / 04:47 ET today (17 Sept 2017) at the end of the Canadarm2 by Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) with the assistance of station Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA.

Dragon’s thrusters will be fired to move the spacecraft a safe distance from the station before SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, command its deorbit burn. The spacecraft will splash down at about 14:16 UT 10:16 ET in the Pacific Ocean, where recovery forces will retrieve Dragon and approximately 3,800 pounds of cargo. This will include science samples from human and animal research, biology and biotechnology studies, physical science investigations and education activities. The deorbit burn and splashdown will not be broadcast on NASA TV.

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization that manages research aboard the U.S. national laboratory portion of the space station, will receive time-sensitive samples and begin working with researchers to process and distribute them within 48 hours of splashdown.

In the event of adverse weather conditions in the Pacific, the backup departure and splashdown date is Sept. 20.

With any luck we might get video of the re-entry.

Image: NASA

Launch Day

Expedition 53-54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 21:17 UT / 17:17 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 12 (03:17 Baikonur time on Sept. 13) aboard the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft.

Live coverage should start here at 20:30 UT / 16:30 EDT.

Space X Launch – Replay

WOW! Always impressive to see that first stage landing! Replays when available.

Space X set to launch the OTV-5 mission. The OTV is the X-37B and we will not be seeing too much after separation I would think. We will see the attempt to land the first stage of rocket and that will end the coverage. The landing attempt will be a land attempt at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station about 14 km from the launch site.

LAUNCH WINDOW: 13:50 UT/09:50 ET to 18:55 UT / 14:55 ET Looks like they are shooting for 14:00 UT / 10:00 ET for launch.

Space X Launch Today

UPDATE:  Launch coverage begins at 13:45 UT / 09:45 ET.  There will be a feed posted.

LAUNCH WINDOW: 13:50 UT/09:50 ET to 18:55 UT / 14:55 ET

Space X has a launch from Kennedy Space Center today. Probably a good idea to get the Falcon 9 in the air soon, Hurricane Irma is on the way and the track now puts it close to the space center in the coming days.

The image above was taken by William Harwood/CBS News of the result of an earlier (31 Aug) practice countdown and firing the nine Merlin 1D engines on the Falcon 9 to an output of 1.7 millions pounds / 862,000 kg of thrust. The hold down restraints worked perfectly.

The payload is the US Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane, or Orbital Test Vehicle beyond that we don’t know anything.

I will keep an eye out for a video feed.