Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Cygnus Launch – Replay

Very nice launch and some really nice video. This replay from VideosFromSpace (THANKS!)

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft is launching from Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia to the International Space Station.

This will be the 11th launch of the cargo-spacecraft to the ISS.

The weather is an important variable for an on-time launch.

Beresheet Misses Landing

The Beresheet spacecraft lost communications just about 150 meters above the lunar surface and ended up apparently landing hard on the surface. “Landing hard” of course is a euphemism for crash.

A very difficult pill to swallow for the mission team to be sure. Hopefully the SpaceIL team will try again.

SpaceX Launch Today

SpaceX is planning to launch the Arabsat-6A into orbit later today. Today being 11 or 12 April. Launch time has been reset to 21:35 ET (11 Apr) / 01:35 UT (12 Apr).

This will be a fun launch to watch because the Arabsat-6A is sitting atop the Falcon Heavy at launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

My previous admonition still holds: keep in mind this launch is in Florida so weather will play a part in whether this gets off the ground on time.

Right now the US National Weather Service is predicting:

Today – Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind around 10 mph.

Progress 72 Launch – Replay

Progress 72, a cargo spaceship is launching to the International Space Station and it is on a fast track to docking.

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Launch at 11:01 UT / 07:01 ET — Coverage 10;45 UT / 06:45 ET

Docking coverage at 13:45 UT / 09:45 ET

Here’s the docking replay:

Arianespace VV14 Launch

Due to a technical glitch on my end the live shot did not show. Sorry about that, here’s the replay however.

Launch is shortly after 14 minutes into the presentation, you can fast-forward there if you like.

Launch: 01:50 UT / 20:50 ET (on 21 March)

Replays probably early today

The Launch of Demo-1

Here is a replay of that very impressive launch. The launch is around 52 minutes into the video so you may want to fast forward, I am leaving the prelaunch video for the great information it contains.

Next up – the International Space Station.

Providing no last-minute issues or weather delays today will be a positive day for the history books. SpaceX is launching the first commercially built spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station.

Good luck!