Category Archives: Launch / Landing


Yes another launch to the International Space Station, this one from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Two very quick flights to the ISS, but there was another (3rd launch) in the past few days. China launched Tiangong-2 and is well on the path to having a manned space station.

AND by the way, along with the ISS, we might be able to see either of these easily – check out Heavens Above and for more about when to and where to look.

Soyuz Video
China video

Orbital ATK CRS-5 Launch Retry


The launch delayed due to an Atlantic storm is on for later today. The Cygnus cargoship loaded with 5,100 lbs / 2,313 kg of materials for the ISS will hopefully launch at 19:40 EDT / 23:40 UTC.

I will try to post a live link about an hour or so before launch. If you miss the live launch, I’ll put up replay video.

The image shows the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft arrived on Oct. 2, 2016 at the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia – Credit: NASA

Orbital ATK CRS-5

There will be a launch of Orbital’s Antares rocket topped with the Cygnus cargo-spacecraft destined for the International Space Station.

Launch time: No earlier than tomorrow (17 Oct) AT 19:40 EDT / 26:40 UTC (17 Oct)

I will try to have a live link up about an hour before launch, barring any delays of course.

Current launch status: Postponed due to an Atlantic storm. (updated as necessary. Status is available at the Orbital ATK Launch Blog)

Launching from: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad OA at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

People living in the US somewhere near the mid-Atlantic area can see Antares on the way up. The maps below from NASA show the angle of elevation too look and about how long after lift off it will take to be visible. Credit: Orbital ATK via NASA



China Launches Space Lab

This is the Tiangong-2 launch published on 15 September 2016.

Tiangong (-1) is currently in orbit, sadly control of the space station has apparently been lost and it is anticipated the station will re-enter the atmosphere next year (2017).

You can track Tiangong 1 here at N2YO.  Exactly when and where re-entry will occur is unknown at this point.

Image: CCTV


Launch Day

Later today NASA will launch the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will lift off on a mission to study an asteroid in unprecedented detail. The study will include taking a small sample of asteroid Bennu and returning it to Earth for firsthand analysis.

The launch has about an 80 percent chance go due to weather at the Kennedy Space Center at 19:05 EDT / 23:05 UTC.



Progress Cargo Ship Leaves Port

The Russian Progress 64 leaves the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, heading for the International Space Station on 16 July. The cargo ship contains carrying three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the station.

The arrival will be in 18 July which is incidentally the same date as a SpaceX rocket will be launching to the ISS. The Dragon cargo ship will transport crew supplies and station hardware including the first of two new international docking adapters. The adapters will allow for docking both the SpaceX CREW Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and will bring back the American ability to transport astronauts to the ISS, an ability lacking since the end of the Space Shuttle era.

The SpaceX launch is scheduled for 04:45 UTC / 00:45 EDT on 18 March. The weather looks good, check back for a live look later.

UPDATE:  Check back here for a LIVE link to the launch posting at 04:00 UTC.