Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Another Launch

Update: As of 21:45 UTC the odds of having conditions favorable for launch is 90 percent.

Check back for link for live coverage at 02:00 UTC 23 March 2016.


The window opens tomorrow for another launch. This launch will be the fifth resupply mission to the International Space Station for Orbital’s Cygnus cargo ship. The image shows the Cygnus encapsulated for flight at Launch Complex 41 at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Cygnus will be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 11:05 p.m. EDT tomorrow – that is 03:05 UTC.

Cygnus will carry almost 7,500 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory to support dozens of science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 47 and 48.

The new experiments will inspire future scientists and explorers, with experiments such as an investigation that looks at the properties and behavior of regolith, or “soil” found on asteroids, comets, the moon, and other airless worlds; an instrument for the first-ever, space-based observations of the chemical composition of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere; a technology demonstration of an adhesive device that can stick on-command in the harsh environment of space; and, the second generation of a portable onboard 3-D printer, among others.

In the event the launch does not take place as scheduled for whatever reason, the next window is 23 March at 09:45 EDT (01:45 UTC on 24 March).

Image: NASA/Dimitrios Gerondidakis

Launch Day to the ISS

Launch time: 17:26 EDT / 21:26 UTC 18 March 2016

Coverage starts at 16:30 EDT / 20:30 UTC

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin are preparing for launch to the International Space Station.

Their six-month journey will begin with a lift off in a Soyuz spacecraft launched from the  Baikonur Cosmodrome.


Rolling Out


The Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is a busy place. This time the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft was rolled out to the launch pad by train Wednesday morning, 16 March 2016.

On 19 March the Expedition 47 Soyuz Commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Jeff Williams of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos into orbit to begin their five and a half month mission on the International Space Station.

Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Space X Launch


UPDATE: Scrubbed for 24 hours

Space X (hopefully) will be launching the SES-9 communications satellite into orbit at 23:46 UTC / 18:46 EST tonight (24  Feb 2016) with an opening of a 90-minute launch window.

The SES-9 SES-9 will provide expansion and replacement capacity to serve the video, enterprise, mobility and government sectors in fast-growing markets across Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia. The additional capacity on SES-9 will enable direct-to-home operators to broadcast more local content and increase their SD and HDTV channel line-up to 22 million households across Asia-Pacific, in markets such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Here is a link to the Space X webcast page.

Image: The Falcon sits on the pad ready to launch the SES-9 satellite into orbit from Space X

JAXA to Launch ASTRO-H

Here is a launch replay – hint start watching at 18 minutes in.

JAXA will broadcast the launch of the newest space telescope ASTRO-H aboard H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30 from the Tanegashima Space Center through the Internet. The report will cover launch events from the liftoff to the payload separation from the launch vehicle.

JAXA site

Video: JAXA