United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas V carrying the twelfth and final Block IIF GPS satellite Friday. Flying from Cape Canaveral, the rocket is expected to lift off with her GPS IIF-12 spacecraft at 08:38 local time (13:38 UTC), the beginning of a nineteen-minute window.
Orbital ATK’ Cygnus resupply spacecraft finally returned to flight on Sunday following weather scrubs over numerous recent attempts. Riding United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket uphill a year on from the loss of its previous mission atop Orbital’s own Antares rocket, liftoff from Cape Canaveral finally occurred at 16:44 Eastern on Sunday.
An Indian navigation satellite is counting down to liftoff Thursday aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, heading for a perch more than 22,000 miles over Africa to grow the country’s independent space-based positioning fleet. The sixth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System is scheduled for launch at 1030 GMT (5:30 a.m. EST) Thursday from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, an island spaceport about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Chennai on India’s east coast.
The first installment of supplies and provisions tagged for launch on Orbital ATK’s next commercial supply run to the International Space Station, the company’s first since a catastrophic launch failure last year, has been loaded into the Cygnus spacecraft’s pressurized cargo section. Technicians will install more cargo next month before sealing the Cygnus spaceship’s hatch for launch. When the automated cargo capsule blasts off Dec. 3, it will haul up approximately 7,700 pounds of cargo.
The next pair of spacecraft to join Europe’s growing Galileo navigation system, a civilian-run analog to the U.S. military’s Global Positioning System, will be added to the tip of a Russian Soyuz booster overnight Monday after the rocket’s rollout earlier in the day in French Guiana. The venerable Russian rocket emerged from its assembly hangar just after daybreak Monday and rode on rail tracks for the 2,300-foot trip to the purpose-built Soyuz launch pad at the Guiana Space Center.
Twin satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation system were raised on top of a Russian-made Soyuz rocket late Tuesday and installed for Friday’s launch from French Guiana to expand the growing network of spacecraft nearly miles above Earth.
The booster launched at p. EST GMT) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, pitched east-northeast from the Florida coastline, and released the Deep Space Climate Observatory for a million-mile, journey to the Lagrange point.
A Russian Soyuz FG rocket has launched the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft on the latest mission to the International Space Station at 04:37 GMT (00:37 EDT) on Wednesday. Soyuz TMA-18M is delivering one new Expedition crewmember to ISS while the two TMA-18M Flight Engineers will return to Earth with Soyuz TMA-16M on 11 September. - nasaspaceflight.com