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Launches and Orbital Operations

Scarborough, UK
2014 Apr 18
Friday, Day 108

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Go For Launch!

Launch events for the past week, plus on-orbit and re-entry or landing events of satellites and spacecraft.

Date and time information comes from open sources and from private contacts within the industry. Notes are prepared through a combination of research and information released by satellite owners, operators and manufacturers; space agencies and launch services providers.

Date Time (UTC) Event
2014 Apr 12
Cosmonautics Day
Anniversary of the first Human spaceflight - Yuri Gagarin in Vostok. Established 1962 April 9 by Decree of the Praesidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


Vostok Chronology:

2014 Apr 12
ISS Orbit Boost
On orbit
Used thrusters of Progress M-21M, docked at aft port of Zvezda, firing for 812s to provide Δv of 1.84 m/s and raise the ISS orbit height by 3.4 km.

2014 Apr 15
Mars Orbiter - Course Correction
Planned second of four course corrections but, in the event, it was not needed.

2014 Apr 16
MisrSat 2 (EgyptSat2) Launch
Soyuz U, Baikonur SC
Egyptian remote sensing satellite built under contract by Russia's Energiya company.

Launch was put on hold 2011 following all contact being lost with EgyptSat 1.

Originally anticipated as going to 700 km sun-synchronous orbit.

Time is for engine ignition, lift off expected at 16:20:07 UTC. Reserve dates were Apr 17 - Apr 19 inclusive.

Orbit notes:

NORAD: 2014-021A/39678

2014 Apr 17
LADEE Lunar Impact
NASA lunar orbiting spacecraft hit the lunar surface.

Launched - 2013 Sep 7 (2013-047A/39246)

2014 Apr 18
Progress M-22M Re-entry
on orbit - ISS
Following several days of "Radar Progress" experiments, will occur above southern Pacific Ocean.

2014 Apr 18
Dragon CRS/SpaceX-03 & ELaNa 5 Launch
Falcon 9, CCAFS LC-39
A Dragon spacecraft carrying a cargo under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, and make an approach to the International Space Station for capture and docking using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System.

Backup date is April 19 (19:02 UTC).

Launch was originally targeted at a one month period that opened Jan 17. Scheduled for Mar 31 then postponed because of a problem with a radar system downrange from the launch site.

Countdown was running April 14 when a leak was detected from a Helium tank in the Falcon 9 first stage about 75 mins before planned lift off (19:58 UTC). Launch was postponed.

SpaceX press kit:

Cargo manifest:

The launch vehicle will also carry NASA's ELaNa 5 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) cluster of five Cubesats, in four P-POD dispensers, that will be released after separation of the Dragon spacecraft:

KickSat is a 3U Cubesat that will release 104 Sprites (postage stamp shape/size - 32mm x 32mm, individual satellites) for organisations that sponsored them. Each Sprite will transmit a unique code to identify its sponsor plus data from a small sensor. KickSat itself also carries logos and signatures of individuals and organisations that sponsored the launch with donations.

The Sprites are unlikely to be detected individually as satellites so will probably not get catalogued. They will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere within a few days of release.

Phonesat 2.5 - 1U Cubesat from NASA Ames laboratory, fourth in a series of missions designed to use commercially available smartphone technology as part of low-cost satellite development, technology demonstor as a pathfinder for the
Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Network,

TSAT (TESTSat-Lite) - 3U cubesat from Taylor University, Indiana, will use a GlobalStar satellite communication modem to demonstrate a reliable and global nanosat network, and will observe space weather with a plasma probe, 3-axis magnetometer, and three ultraviolet photodiodes,

ALLSTAR/THEIA (Agile Low-cost Laboratory for Space Technology Acceleration and Research/Telescopic High-definition Earth Imaging Apparatus) - 3U Cubesat, sponsored by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC) and Lockheed Martin, for full-colour imaging of the Earth's surface to demonstrate the capabilities of a new Cubesat design,

SporeSat - 3U Cubesat to study how plant cells sense gravity, joint mission between NASA’s Ames Research Center and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University,

NASA ELaNa 5 factsheet:

Falcon 9's first stage will be fitted with landing legs as part of SpaceX ongoing development of recovery systems. In this case, the Falcon 9 will not be retrieved.

SpaceX webcast:

NASA TV coverage:

2014 Apr 18
Falcon 9 Re-entry
Falcon 9, CCAFS LC-39
Upper stage of Falcon 9 from the SpaceX 03 launch will re-enter above southern Indian Ocean following retro-fire.

Time is ±10 min.

2014 Apr 20
Dragon CRS/SpaceX-03 Capture
Capture by the ISS manipulator arm.

NASA TV coverage (from 09:45 UTC):

2014 Apr 20
Dragon CRS/SpaceX-03 Docking
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages, available from the right hand menu.

2014 Apr 23
Progress M-21M Undocking
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages, available from the right hand menu.

2014 Apr 23
ISS EVA - US Segment
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages, available from the right hand menu.

2014 Apr 25
Progress M-21M Re-docking
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages, available from the right hand menu.

A more comprehensive version of this list that looks much further ahead can be found in the password-protected section of the website. To request a password, see notes on the 'Closed Orbit' introductory page.

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