Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Launching Tomorrow Morning

Orbital ATK will be launching the Antares rocket with the Cygnus space-cargoship bound for the International Space Station.

There will also be ten CubeSats launched at the same time.

Launch time: 08:39 UTC / 04:39 ET

Coverage begins at 08:00 UTC / 04:00 ET

Space X Launches Bangabandhu 1 — Replay

Space X delivers the first communications satellite for Bangladesh after a spectacular launch.

I trimmed down the intro but left the last 15 minutes prior to launch. Space X always includes a great amount of information about the launch payload and rocket and flight parameters – worth the watch.

Mars InSight Mission Flight Profile

The Atlas V flight profile for the InSight mission to the planet Mars.

Launching tomorrow (05 May 2018): 11:05 UTC / 07:05 ET / O4:05 PT

Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base California.

NOTE: This is the first interplanetary fight to launch from the US West Coast.

Coverage begins at 10:30 UTC / 06:30 ET / 03:30 PT

If you live in southern California you may be able to see the ascent phase of the flight!

Blue Origins Launch and Landing

Space X will have more company shortly, Blue Origin is making progress. In fact this is the second successful launch and landing of their New Shepard 2.0 rocket. Overall there has been eight successful launches of the New Shepard program.

This flight test went 106 km into the sky and landed perfectly, or at least it looked perfect. Congrats Blue Origin!


Really nice launch and EXCELLENT video from Stage 1 just hitting the mark perfectly on the return.

Here’s a replay from SpaceX. This is from the same URL as the live feed, I just took out the leader.

Great launch and landing!


Launch coverage begins about 15 minutes prior to launch.

Mission: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Launch time: 22:51 UT / 18:51 ET.

Launch Window Duration: 30 seconds (?!)

Alternate Launch Date/Time: Not yet specified.

Launch site: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9

First Stage Landing Attempt? Yes aboard the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You

Fairing Recovery Attempt? Not specified.

About TESS (via SpaceX): The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is NASA’s next planet finder, led out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. TESS will discover new potential planets orbiting bright host stars relatively close to Earth. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will search for tell-tale dips in the brightness of stars that indicate an orbiting planet regularly transiting across the face of its star. The satellite is expected to catalog thousands of exoplanet candidates around a wide range of star types, including hundreds of planets that are less than twice the size of Earth. The TESS mission is expected to find planets ranging from small, rocky worlds to gas giants.


TESS NOT Launching

I check in and all of a sudden the date has changed! I thought it was me, but no, the launch was delayed for “additional GNC analysis”.

That’s fine with me. I have no power at the moment and for the near future, hopefully by tomorrow. I have a picture of the culprit in a bit. Mid-April and ice and wind storms back-to-back, a year ago it was 27 C, this year -3.

The photo below was taken from my postbox. The tree extends to one lane in the road to the left. The downed line can be seen to the right. My power line feeds that line from a different branch (no pun intended), same with phone/internet. All I really need is for a breaker or something to be reset. Down the lane, well that is another story. If I could have gone another hour I would have made it. I am just one of thousands over a few hundreds of square kilometers, very spread out and rural and sometimes we have to balance the sweet with sour.

UPDATE: About dark the local constabulary set up reflective cones and flares etc. Pulled out all the stops.

Moments after filling the generator with petrol four power company trucks pulled up and the workers jumped out with chainsaws and other assorted implements of power restoration and set to work. The time was 00:30 right outside my bedroom. After two and a half hours they left and within a few minutes commercial power was back on. Not too much sleep but everything else is back to normal.