Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Student Projects Go To Space

Utterly fantastic! It’s a great time to be a student.

NASA – Four university student projects were successfully launched at 6:51:30 a.m. EDT, March 25, 2018, on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket carried the projects to an altitude of 107 miles. The projects then descended by parachute, landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The projects were recovered and will be returned to the students for analysis.

The undergraduate student teams’ projects from Utah State University, Logan; the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; the University of Kentucky, Lexington; and the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, were launched through the NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Project or USIP.

“USIP gave students the opportunity to experience working in a research and development environment and learn about different aspects of taking an engineering project from conceptual design through fabrication and testing. Students gained skills in project management, design analysis and selection, fabrication, and assembly. The Nebraska USIP team also honed its interpersonal and writing skills through design reviews, monthly status reports, and required grant reporting,” said Amy Price, a senior mechanical engineering student and team lead.

She said, “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln USIP team is comprised of multidisciplinary students providing a well-rounded project team. Throughout the two-year duration of the USIP project, 29 undergraduate students have worked on the project. This includes students from various disciplines within the College of Engineering such as biological systems, chemical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering majors. In addition, there are math, physics, finance, and economics majors on the team.”


“USIP has been a fantastic experience for the more than 46 University of Kentucky students who have been able to work on the project. The KRUPS Operational Re-entry Experimental Vehicle for Extensive Testing has been a great opportunity for participating in the NASA systems engineering process and for obtaining hands-on experience designing, building, integrating and testing the capsule’s ejection mechanism and communication systems. A highlight so far was presenting the project to the NASA Deputy Administrator at the Spring 2018 Space Grant Conference,” said Gabriel Myers, a senior mechanical engineering and physics major.

Myers added, “Through cooperation with engineers at NASA Wallops and elsewhere, the group has been able to gain a degree of engineering intuition aiding the students in drawing connections between their classes and applying that knowledge.”

Wallops managers serve as USIP technical advisors for these four cooperative agreements on behalf agency’s Office of Education and the Science Mission Directorate. In 2016 NASA selected an additional 43 university experiments to fly on orbital and suborbital vehicles including rockets, aircraft, balloons and CubeSats through a cooperative agreement competition for members of NASA’s 52 Space Grant Consortia and other eligible higher education institutions.

Image: NASA

Expedition 55 Launch – Replay

The Expedition 55 crew is launching to the International Space Station.

Launch time: 17:44 UT / 13:44 ET

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Crew: NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Thanks to Space Videos for the replay.

Launching to the ISS Today

Launching today to the International Space Station.

Launch time: 13:44 ET / 17:44 UTC / 23:44 Baikonur time

Coverage here should start about an hour before launch. See you then!

wo American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are ready for their journey to the International Space Station that begins on Wednesday, March 21. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are set to launch in the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 1:44 p.m. EDT (11:44 p.m. Kazakhstan time) March 21.

After a two-day flight, the new crew members will dock to the station’s Poisk docking module at 3:41 p.m. Friday, March 23. About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the new residents will be greeted as part of the Expedition 55 crew by station commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Ready for More Launches?

There are THREE launches in the next couple of days!

We should have coverage for two of them.

SpaceX will be launching a Spanish satellite called Hispasat tomorrow morning or tonight depending on where you live.

Launch time is 05:33 UTC so join me with a cup of tea for this one. In the US the time will be 00:33 EST but on the US west coast it’s only 21:33 PST so tea might be out, but grab whatever and have a watch.

Those in Florida around the space coast or Cape Canaveral probably can watch live out the window.

Coverage should start 15 minutes prior to launch time. See you there.

As always replays will be shown here shortly after launch.

Also tomorrow there will be a Indian launch of a moon lander. Not sure about coverage.

Then on 21 March Expedition 55 will launch to the International Space Station from Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft to the International Space Station, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA astronaut A.J. (Drew) Feustel and Ricky Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are scheduled to launch at 13:44.

The Soyuz SATELLITE launch scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Friday at 16:37 UTC.

Welcome Home!

Welcome home to NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. They are shown here shortly after landing outheast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. They landed at 08:31 local Kazakhstan time or 02:31 UTC on 28 February 2018.

Image: via NASA

Found a short video I liked too:

Hat tip to VideosFromSpace.

Progress MS-08 Launch – Replay

The replay above from Space Videos.

So the Progress MS-08 cargo spaceship is on the way to the International Space Station loaded with 1,390 kg / 3,064 lbs of food and supplies including propellant to maneuver the station.

The delay means the cargo spaceship won’t dock until Thursday so we could get a chance to see the pair fly overhead.

Check: Heaven’s Above, N2YO, or SpaceWeather to flyby information.

Launch time: 08:58:45 GMT / 03:58:45 EST / 14:58:45 p.m. Baikonur time

I will start this early so you will see NASA TV until launch time, time well spent.

Replays when available.