Image credit & copyright: India Space Research Organization (ISRO). Live streaming links below (hopefully).
LAUNCH ALERT! Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 23:59 EDT (03:59 UTC on the 23rd), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its “XL” configuration, designated “PSLV-C38” carrying the Cartosat-2 series Earth observation satellite along with 29 other co-satelites from the First Launch Pad (FLP), at the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India.
PSLV-C38 will be the 40th flight of the PSLV rocket and its 17th flight in the “XL” configuration.
Images credit & copyright: SpaceX & Iridium Corp.
LAUNCH ALERT: How about two launches in a weekend and three in one month from SpaceX from two different coasts?! Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 13:25 PDT (16:25 EDT & 20:25 UTC), a SpaceX Falcon 9 (B1036)will rise from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Space Launch Complex-4E (SLC-4E) carrying 10 Iridium NEXT 11-20 communication satellites for the Iridium Corporation.
This will be SpaceX’s 9th launch of 2017 and the 37th Falcon 9 flight overall; however, the parameters of this mission will allow for a soft landing on SpaceX’s West Coast, Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), Just Read The Instructions (JRTI). If successful this will be SpaceX’s 13th landing overall; 8 on drone ships and 5 on land. At this time, SpaceX has no Return To Landing Site (RTLS) capability at Vandenberg AFB.
June 21, 2017
Tagged CA, California, Elon Musk, Falcon 9, Falcon9, Iridium, Iridium Corporation, Iridium NEXT 11-20, JRTI, Just Read the Instructions, SpaceX, Vandenberg, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Images credit & copyright: SpaceX.
LAUNCH ALERT: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 14:10 EDT (18:10 UTC), a SpaceX Falcon 9 (B1029.2) will rise from Kennedy Space Center’s legendary Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) to deliver the BulgariaSat 1 communication satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
This will be SpaceX’s 8th launch of 2017 and 36th Falcon 9 flight overall; however, the parameters of this mission will not allow for a Return To Landing Site (RTLS) where the first stage of the Falcon 9 returns to, and lands back at Cape Canaveral at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) (former LC-13) but it will allow for a soft landing on SpaceX’s East Coast, Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY). If successful this will be SpaceX’s 12th landing overall; 7 on drone ships and 5 on land.
With this flight, SpaceX will also attempt to re-fly a Falcon 9 first stage, as booster B1029 was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base SLC-4E and landed on SpaceX’s West Coast drone ship; Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) on January 14, 2017 for the Iridium NEXT 1-10 mission.
June 17, 2017
Tagged BulgariaSat 1, BulgariaSat1, Cape Canaveral, Drone Ship, Elon Musk, Falcon 9, Falcon9, KSC, Launch, LC-39A, NASA, Nennedy Space Center, OCISLY, Of Course I Still Love You, Rocket Launch, SpaceX
Images credit & copyright: Daniel LaShomb.
Earlier this week I took a drive to Sugar Hill, New Hampshire to see how the lupines were looking and wasn’t disappointed as they appeared to be in full bloom. These images that I captured here show the plight of night sky imaging because even though I’m happy with these shots, it was a miserable night sky. First, getting the Milky Way over St. Matthews Chapel while the lupines are in bloom has a few parts to it. Obviously they need to be in bloom but you also need to have no moon and in this image the moon had just risen stage left which meant no night sky imaging this night. You may notice a small section of the Milky Way at the extreme left of the top image as well. I needed about two more hours before the Milky Way moved into position and as I said, the moon had erased that opportunity. So what’s that mean? Well, it means that I’m on the clock as the lupines peak for only a few weeks a year and new moon week is coming up. Throw in a clear night that I’m not working and this should be the year that I get the shot as I’ve been trying for three years. Why can’t they just bloom in August?
I captured the next set of images the same night at Coffin Pond in Franconia, New Hampshire. I’ve shot the Milky Way here a few times so I wasn’t too disappointed when I saw that the moon had already risen and all but erased the night sky. After a day or so, these images really grew on me as they create a dream-like view where it almost looks as if you can see the faint Milky Way and stars during the day when it is in fact the moon rising to the left. Add in the foggy surface of the water and Coffin Pond really comes to life. Just get out and shoot; you never know what you’ll come up with.
June 16, 2017
Tagged Franconia New Hampshire, Franconia Notch, Lupines, New Hampshire, NH, Night Sky, Saint Matthews Chapel, Space, St Matthews Chapel, Sugar Hill, White Mountains
Images credit & copyright: Xinhua.
Launch Alert! Friday, June 16, 2017 at 09:20 UTC (05:20 EDT) a Chinese Long March 2D rocket, also known as Chang Zheng-2D or CZ-2D will lift off from China’s Jiquan Satellite Launch Center, carrying the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) to conduct an all-sky survey in X-rays.
This will be the Long March-2D’s 33rd flight since its debut on August 9, 1992.
Images credit & copyright: Roscosmos.
Launch Alert! Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 05:20 EDT (09:20 UTC) a Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket will deliver a Progress MS cargo ship designated “Progress MS-06” (67P or Progress 67 by NASA) to the International Space Station (ISS) from Launch Complex 31/6 (LC-31/6) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. When it docks to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on Friday, June 16, it will deliver roughly 2,400 lb. (1,110 kg) of food, fuel and supplies.
This will be the 156th Progress flight and the 67th to the ISS in its nearly 40 year history.
June 11, 2017
Tagged International Space Station, ISS, MS-06, MS06, NASA, Progress 67, Progress 67P, Progress MS-06, Progress MS06, Progress Rocket Space Centre, Roscosmos, Roskosmos, RSC Energia, Russia, Soyuz, Space Station, TsSKB