Category Archives: Launch / Landing

SpaceX to Try Again

The last two attempts resulted in “aborts” at T-9 seconds due to guidance system errors.

Launch time: 23:37 UTC / 19:37 EDT

Good luck SpaceX

T minus 1:00, need to make it past t minus (t-) 9 seconds.

Yes! Launch!

Up and moving, love the ground camera.

Max Q? Yes!

MECO? Perfect. The 1st stage is separated and upper stage running.

Second stage shutdown and all looks good.

China Satellite Launch

Here’s a replay. Fast forward to about 53 minutes into this video (most of it) to get to the launch.

Spectacular launch and interesting coverage. UPDATE: Reports are that this launch is said to be a failure as orbit was not achieved and everything came back down.

REPLAY COVERAGE: This is China’s Long March-5 Y2 heavy-lifting rocket set to launch from Wenchang, Hainan. The Long March-5 ranks among the most powerful carrier rockets in the world and this time around is sending China’s heaviest ever satellite, Shijian-18, into geostationary orbit.

Thanks to New China TV / Xinhua Video

Sounding Rocket Launch

Successful launch, the next one will be on 15 August I believe.  Here’s a replay.

The rocket is to test a new multi-canister ejection system for deploying vapors in ionosphere or aurora sounding rocket missions. The vapors will form artificial clouds that may be seen from New York to North Carolina.

SpaceX Launch – Replay

If you miss the launch, I will have a replay up shortly.

WOW! Great landing on the drone ship in the Pacific, just about perfect. Imagine that, one company, two launches from two locations and even two successful first-stage landing on drone ships in two different oceans in what? Two days! (23 and 25 June).

The video as posted is actually still rendering so it might not be available straight-away.

Space X Replay – BulgariaSat 1

Fast forward to 16 minutes for the launch (16:25)
Good luck!

NOTE: Apparently the time listed here (and by Space X) do now match up with the the stated start of the live stream if you click on the video above.

Looks to be 19:10 UTC or 15:10 EDT. Ah, I just check the SpaceX site and it does say 19:10 UTC, must be the graphic and not updated.

Update 2: The one hour delay was for additional system checks.


YES! GREAT LANDING OF THE 1st stage, will they reuse it a second time?

I’ll put a replay here when it is available.

Space X to Launch

Space X will attempt to launch Bulgaria’s first geostationary satellite today.

The launch window opens at 19:10 UTC / 15:10 EDT and will feature the Falcon 9 rocket – recycled from the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base this past January. The original launch window was on 19 June and then 20 June so maybe this time will be the charm.

The first-stage will attempt to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The weather looks pretty good. Temperatures around 32 C / 90 F and no rain forecast.

Check back shortly before 18:00 for a live link.


Finally the sounding rocket launched from the Wallops yesterday morning after many-many delays.

If you think I was getting impatient, imaging the undergrads who had experiments onboard. Ha! Well it got off and all is well – good luck you guys and hope you get more data then you can use!

NASA – The mission carried experiments built by undergraduate students from universities and community colleges across the country through the RockOn! and RockSat-C programs.

The experiments, launch on a 36-foot long Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket, flew to an altitude of 72 miles and landed, via parachute, in the Atlantic Ocean. The payload has been recovered and the students are expected to receive their experiments this afternoon to begin their data analysis.

RockOn! and RockSat-C are part of Rocket Week at Wallops. Nearly 130 students and instructors participated in the two programs this week conducted in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia.