Category Archives: Launch / Landing

SpaceX Launch Replay

This is the long version.

You may also remember SpaceX is landed the rocket on a ship in April. This time they attempted it again:

Elon Musk “Rocket reentry is a lot faster and hotter than last time, so odds of making it are maybe even, but we should learn a lot either way”.

The attempt was a success! A reusable rocket is reality.

Ready for Launch

sentinel1b

The Sentinel-1B is shown here being placed in a fairing in preparation for launch tomorrow 22 April 2016.

Sentinel-1B will join Sentinel-1 providing radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring program.

Launch Date: 22 April 2016
Launch Location: French Guiana
Launch Time: 21:02 GMT / 23:02 CEST / 17:02 EDT
Live Coverage: YES via ESA – coverage starts at: 20:10 GMT / 22:10 CEST / 16:10 EDT.

Progress Cargo Ship Launch

The Russian cargo ship Progress 63P the second of three supply flights to resupply the International Space Station in just a few weeks is set to launch.

Launch of the spacecraft carrying three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 47 crew is scheduled for 16:23 UTC / 12:23 p.m. EDT (10:23 p.m. Baikonur time) on Thursday, March 31, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The launch can be see here with coverage starting a 16:00 UTC / 12 noon EDT.

Orbital Launch Coverage

Here’s the replay. This from NASA (Kennedy Space Center)

Everything seems to be going fine and on schedule for a Saturday arrival at the ISS.

This is going to a fun delivery, especially “Meteor” and the “Gecko Gripper”:

The station’s Expeditions 47 and 48 crews will employ these science payloads to support experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science – research that improves life on Earth — including:

  • Saffire-I provides a new way to study a large fire on an exploration craft, which has not been possible in the past because the risks for performi ng such studies on spacecraft with astronauts aboard are too high.
  • Meteor will enable the first space-based observations of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere from space.
  • Strata-I could give us answers about how regolith behaves and moves in microgravity, how easy or difficult it is to anchor a spacecraft in regolith, how it interacts with spacecraft and spacesuit materials, and other important properties.
  • The Gecko Gripper study tests a gecko-inspired adhesive gripping device that can stick on command in the harsh environment of space.
  • The Additive Manufacturing Facility will add an upgraded 3-D printing capability to the station.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Tim Kopra will capture Cygnus at about 6:40 a.m. Saturday, March 26, using the space station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to take hold of the spacecraft. Astronaut Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) will support Kopra in a backup position. NASA TV coverage of capture will begin at 5:30 a.m.