In case you missed this landing. Welcome home to Expedition 51 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) landed safely near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
I must say, I’ve enjoyed following Thomas Presquet during his stay aboard the ISS.
Reminder: The SpaceX launch is scheduled for 21:07 UTC / 17:07 ET and you will find a link for the launch posted about a quarter to the hour.
The weather outlook does not look promising:
From (US) NOAA for Cape Canaveral: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 84. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Arianespace Launching SES-15 Communications Satellite. Launching from the Spaceport’s ELS launch complex adjacent to the commune of Sinnamary, Flight VS17 delivered a total payload lift performance set at 2,447 kg; it was Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2017 and the Russian-built Soyuz’ 17th liftoff from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport.
The launch of the Inmarsat-5 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). LC-39A saw many of the Apollo missions and eventually Apollo 11. After Apollo LC-39A was used for the Shuttle program and now the site is being used by Space X and after much modification Space X can support launches of both commercial and crew missions on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.
This is the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 spacecraft in the Global Xpress (GX) constellation. Inmarsat, the only operator of a global Ka-band network, created the GX platform to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.
Because of mission requirements there was no attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket. is about 9-minutes into the video.
On 04 May 2017 two telecommunications satellites were launched by Arianespace atop an Ariane V rocket: the SGDC for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A, on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A. and the Brazilian government; and KOREASAT-7 for South Korean operator ktsat.
Here is the live link to the launch NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos to the International Space Station.
The launch time is 07:13 UTC / 03:13 EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (13:13 local time). Too early? No worries I will put a video replay up. HOWEVER if you can make it back here by 13:23 UTC / 09:23 EDT you will be able to see the Soyuz TM 04 dock to the ISS – YES, just six hours later.