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  1. 2hats

    2hats

    Soyuz (night) launch in about 3.5 minutes being covered live on NASA TV if that's your bag.

    e2a: It's a fast rendezvous flight profile to the ISS - there'll be docking coverage from 0230UTC (in about 5 hours time) for the night owls.
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014
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  2. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    wow that is fast!
     
  3. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

  4. 2hats

    2hats

    The docking got delayed (the Soyuz module failed to execute the third post launch rendezvous maneuver). Coverage of the next attempt tonight on NASA TV from 2300UTC with docking scheduled shortly before midnight.
     
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  5. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    cool, will check this out if it goes ahead later :cool:
     
  6. 2hats

    2hats

    Just a few metres to go now...

    e2a: now docked, carrying out leak checks.

    e2a2: hatch opening around 0255UTC for the insomniacs.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2014
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  7. 2hats

    2hats

    ESA Earth observation satellite Sentinel 1A launch (Soyuz from Kourou) due tonight at 2202 BST. Streamed live on ESA TV.
     
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  8. 2hats

    2hats

    Sentinel 1A launch successful (it would appear). Confirmation of separation from upper stage (Fregat) received and the satellite is in the targeted orbit. Solar array and radar antenna deployment are due in another 2.5 hours or so.

    More about Sentinel-1 here and a message from Mike Oldfield here :D
     
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  9. 2hats

    2hats

    Successful radar antenna, solar array deployment 'selfies':

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  10. 2hats

    2hats

    Launch:



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    Video of Sentinel separation from the Fregat upper stage:

     
  11. 2hats

    2hats

    ISRO (India) launch of PSLV-C24 carrying IRNSS-1B (India's GPS style navigation system) due at 1144BST this morning. Live stream.
     
  12. 2hats

    2hats

    Progress M-23M supply flight to the ISS is due to be launched from Baikonur at 1626BST today. Will most likely be live on NASA TV.

    e2a: Is live on NASA TV (from 1615BST) with docking following at around 2217BST (coverage starts 2145BST).
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014
  13. 2hats

    2hats

    Since the above Soyuz rocket cam video appears to have gone AWOL here's all the best bits from the Sentinel ascent via Arianespace:



    e2a: Perfect Korolev Cross.
     
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  14. 2hats

    2hats

    Soyuz-U launch carrying the EgyptSat 2 Earth observation satellite this afternoon at 1720BST from Kazakhstan.
     
  15. 2hats

    2hats

    Arianespace Vega launch in the next few hours - at 0235 BST. Launching an Earth observation satellite, KazEOSat-1, for Kazakhstan.
     
  16. 2hats

    2hats

    US launch coming up (NRO L-33 on an Atlas V from Canaveral) at 1409BST today. Coverage from United Launch Alliance already live at

    http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx

    Probably a communications sat heading to geosynchronous orbit.
     
  17. 2hats

    2hats

    Progress M-24M launch to the ISS this tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 2244BST from Baikonur. Should be live on NASA TV. Docking due 0430BST Wednesday Thursday morning.

    edit: Whoops - out by 24 hours!
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2014
  18. 2hats

    2hats

    Arianespace Flight VS09 today - a Soyuz ST-B carrying GALILEO FOC M-1 (satellite's 5 and 6) - the Galileo navigational satellite system constellation’s first two operational satellites. Launch due at 13:27:11 BST which should be covered live here (stream starts 1307BST). Delayed just over 24 hours due to weather concerns.
     
  19. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Someone fucked up on this one... But was it the launch vehicle or a software/ calculations error? And will the satellites be able to fly to the correct orbit?
     
  20. 2hats

    2hats

    Looks like the Fregat second stage burn was incorrect. Wrong orbital plane. The satellites don't have sufficient reserves to correct this so won't reach the planned operational orbit. There are sufficient spares in the inventory to compensate though.
     
  21. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

  22. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    Looks like all went smoothly.
     
  23. 2hats

    2hats

    Orbital Sciences Cygnus CRS Orb-3 is due off at 22:45:03 UTC tonight from Wallops heading to the ISS. This will be the first night launch of an Antares. People located in the NE US might get a good view of it and the subsequent exhaust plume from the second stage, lit by the sun.
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    Live coverage on NASA TV from 2145 UTC.

    e2a: in an unplanned hold due to a range safety violation (there is a boat down range). There's a 10 minute launch window so they've decided to aim for the end of it (launch would be at 22:55:04 UTC).
    e2a2: launch scrub with a recycle leading to launch tomorrow at 22:22:38 UTC.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
  24. 2hats

    2hats

    Looks like Antares will make it away this time in just over 12 minutes (2222UTC).

    Also a Progress is due off at 0709UTC tomorrow so it's going to be busy at the ISS.
     
  25. 2hats

    2hats

    Whoops! The entire Antares stack exploded several seconds after launch and fell back to the pad area.
     
  26. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    Yup, that barely cleared the tower. Eeeek.
     
  27. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    That was one hell of a spectacular bang!
     
  28. 2hats

    2hats

    Still burning.
     
  29. MikeMcc

    MikeMcc Well-Known Member

    Quite apart from the loss of the ISS cargo, that will put a big dent into Planetary Resources. Their prototype telescope was one of the secondary cargoes.
     
  30. 2hats

    2hats

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