An excellent launch, just wish I was around to watch it live. This was the fifth and last ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) going to the ISS.
ESA has the tradition of naming the vehicles and this one is named Georges Lemaître. Lemaitre was the first to postulate the the Big Bang theory and much more, check out the link.
lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket.
The vehicle will deliver 6561 kg of freight, including 2628 kg of dry cargo and 3933 kg of water, propellants and gases.
ATV Georges Lemaître lifted off at 23:47 GMT on 29 July (01:47 CEST 30 July, 20:47 local time 29 July) on an Ariane 5 ES rocket.
ATV Georges Lemaître is due to dock with the Station on 12 August and will remain attached for up to six months before leaving with waste material for destruction along with the spaceship during atmospheric reentry.
Two launches in two days!.
It is pretty hard to do a launch video much better than SpaceX, here’s the look of the Space X Launch.
The Falcon 9 Rocket left the SpaceX Launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The payload is SIX ORBCOMM OG2 satellites.
The launch went off without a hitch at 11:15 EDT 15:15 UTC.
Check out the stills at the SpaceX site.
If you live along the US east coast you may get a look at the Antares rocket as shown in the map. Image: NASA / Orbital Sciences
Mission/Orbiter:Orbital Sciences Orbital-2 Cargo resupply / Cygnus spacecraft
Mission Highlights: This mission will deliver more than 1,360 kg (3000 lbs) of assorted supplies, hardware and tools. A group of nanosatellites are part of the scientific payloads. The nanosats will capture imagery of Earth, will aid in development of a way to return small samples from the ISS and student-designed experiments.
Current Status: Go
Launch Date UPDATED: Sunday 13 July 2014 16:52 UTC (12:52 EDT)
Launch Facility:Wallops Flight Facility (Virginia)
The OCO-2 is ready to go!. Image credit: NASA
Postponed until 02 July at 09:56 UTC (05:56 EDT) – the delay was due to a problem with the noise suppression system at the launch pad and not with the rocket or spacecraft.
This is the launch gantry around the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite onboard. The image was taken 29 June at Space Launch Complex 2 – Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch is scheduled for 09:56 UTC (05:56 EDT). According to NASA:
The weather forecast is essentially unchanged and calls for a 100 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time. At liftoff time the temperature will be near 52 degrees, winds from the Northwest at 5-8 knots and a visibility of 1 to 2 miles in coastal fog.
NASA TV coverage at 07:45 to 11:00 UTC (03:45 to 07:00 EDT). The NASA TV link in the banner should work, but if not try here.
In case you missed it, here’s yesterday’s Space X launch.
Part of the mission was to land the first stage successfully and according to Space X, the landing was good. A successful landing in this case is a vertical “soft” landing and telemetry indicated it looks like it did indeed transmitting for eight seconds after reaching the water and stopped transmitting when it tipped over horizontally — not all the data though. Last reports had ships heading to the location for the possible recovery of the first stage. The recovery effort is NOT expected to be successful, but who knows.
Nice look at the first stage separation and stage two engine starting up.
The Progress 54 Cargo ship is a Russian auto-piloted craft that was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday morning.
On board is three tons of food and other supplies for the Expedition 38 crew and that has already been delivered to the ISS.
The progress docked with the ISS in only six hours after it was launched. The docking port on the ISS, called the Pirs port only became available after the Progress 52 was undocked on 03 February.
The Progress 52 will be deorbited on 11 February and will burn up in the atmosphere.
As noted in the post of last evening I mentioned the Cygnus cargo ship has launched!
Originally the launch was delayed by a solar radiation storm on Thursday. That same radiation storm is what produced the aurora overnight.
The launch was very nice:
Viewing opportunities for the Orbital launch. Click for larger. Credit: NASA
Mission: Orbital 1 Commercial Resupply Services flight
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Cargo ship: Cygnus
08 January 2014 TBA (Possibly Thursday 9-Jan)
Status: LAUNCHED ON 09 Jan 2014
Analysis from SWPC:
Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 06/2100Z to
07/2100Z: Solar activity has been at high levels for the past 24 hours.
The largest solar event of the period was a X1 event observed at
Launch time: 18:30 UTC
Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility
Launch Pad: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A
Odds of Favorable Weather:
Coverage should be available at the NASA-TV link at the top of the page.
Orbital Sciences had a successful satellite launch yesterday atop a Space X Falcon rocket. Hopefully they can go two-for-two in getting a nice clean launch of their own rocket today.