Category Archives: Launch / Landing


There was a launch earlier of a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station:

and there was a EVA from the International Space Station here is a bit of the video:

I tried to post live links but technical problems made that impossible.

Crew Returns from ISS Another Readies to Go

Expedition 45 Crew: NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency returned to Earth on 11 December from the International Space Station. They landed safely in Kazakhstan after 141 days in orbit.


In the mean time Expidition 46/47 members: Tim Peake of the ESA, Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos and Tim Kopra of NASA prepare to launch on 15 December. Launch time is 11:03 UTC / 06:03 EST from Baikonur Cosmodrome.


Orbital Launch Update

If you were wondering what happened to the Orbital launch, nothing it is still sitting on the pad.


This image from 04  December shows the Atlas V rocket and Cygnus spacecraft at the launch pad.  Image: Orbital Sciences and  Steven Siceloff.

Today another attempt will be made today at 16:44 EST / 21:44 UTC with coverage beginning at 15:45 EST / 20:45 UTC.  You can watch at this post from the other day.

Will it launch today?  There is still only a 40 percent chance of launch.  If you miss (ed) the launch should it occur , I’ll have a replay when it becomes available.

Orbital to Launch Cargo Ship

Launch Date:  03 December 2015
Launch Time: 23:00 UTC / 18:00 EST

The Orbital ATK Cygnus will lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida. The mission will be the first flight of the enhanced variant of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft, capable of delivering more than 7,700 pounds of essential crew supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the station.

Science payloads include a new life science facility that will support studies on cell cultures, bacteria, and other micro-organisms; a microsatellite deployer and the first microsatellite to be deployed from the space station; experiments that will study the behavior of gases and liquids and clarify the thermo-physical properties of molten steel; and evaluations of flame-resistant textiles.

I’ll add a video link to this post before launch so if you want to watch you can come back about an hour before launch.