Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Make it Rain – Replay

A replay of Rocket Lab’s “Make it Rain” mission from their beautiful launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula.

A fitting setting for what turned out to be a fine launch. The mission put BlackSky’s Global-3 Earth-observing satellite along with six other satellites.

The launch occurred at 04:30 UT on 29 June. Incidentally, I believe 04:30 UT is 16:30 (4:30 pm) local New Zealand time. I’d do well to remember that little nugget.

ISS Crew Returns Home

Welcome home to ISS crew members Oleg Kononenko (Russia), David Saint-Jacques (Canada) and Anne McClain (US).

The trio touched down in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz capsule on June 24, 2019 (02:47 GMT 25 June).

SpaceX Heavy – STP 2 Launch

According to SpaceX:

The primary launch window opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT, or 3:30 a.m. UTC on June 25, and closes at 3:30 a.m. EDT on June 25, or 7:30 a.m. UTC.

A backup launch window opens on June 25 at 11:30 p.m. EDT, or 3:30 a.m. UTC on June 26, and closes at 3:30 a.m. EDT on June 26, or 7:30 a.m. UTC.

Deployments will begin approximately 12 minutes after liftoff and end approximately 3 hours and 32 minutes after liftoff.

— Weather looks good.

Sounding Rocket Launch

Here is a sounding rocket launch on 20 June 2019 from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia (US).

The very cool thing about this launch (as if the launch wasn’t enough) the payload is comprised of experiments from university and community college students!

The experiments were taken to suborbital altitude by a NASA NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket.

What a great time to be a student.

By the way, there will be another launch Monday night / Tuesday morning (depending on your location), not a sounding rocket but the mighty SpaceX Falcon Heavy. The launch will be from Kennedy Space Center and we all know weather in the area can delay launches. This launch is scheduled for 23:30 local time (04:30 UT) and will be spectacular if all goes as planned.

Arianespace VA248 Launch


Ariane will launch flight VA248 to deploy two satellites: T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C. Both spacecraft will be deployed to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Launch times from Arianespace:

Liftoff is planned on Thursday, June 20, 2019 as early as possible within the following launch window:

Between 2:43 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. El Segundo, California, USA time

Between 5:43 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Washington, D.C., USA time – Between 6:43 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana time

Between 21:43 and 23:30 Universal Time (UTC) – Between 11:43 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Paris, France time during the night of June 20 to 21.

SpaceX Launch Live

Mission: RADARSAT Constellation (Deployment at about T +54 mins)

Spaceport: Vandenberg AFB California – Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E)

Launch window open: 14:17 UTC / 10:17 ET

Launch window close: 14:30 UTC / 10:30 ET

Alternate window is 24 hours later (on 13 June)

Reused Falcon 9? Yes, it was the Crew Dragon 1st stage in March 2019.

Landing attempt? Yes and at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base! Should get some good looks at it.

Replays later in the day.

Good luck SpaceX!

China’s Sea Launch

Date: 05 June 2019

Rocket: Long March – 11

Launch area: Yellow Sea (off Shandong Province)


Five (5) commercial satellites

Two (2) technology experimental satellites

Proton-M Rocket Launches Yamal-601

I missed this launch by 10 minutes, got my snowblower fixed though (haha).

The launch is about 30 minutes into the video so you may want to fast forward if you are short on time.

Credit : Роскосмос via space googlevesaire