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Launches and Orbital Operations

Scarborough, UK
2014 Oct 31
Friday, Day 304

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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 Oct 28
Chang'e Third Stage Rocket - Lunar Fly-by
near Moon
Approximate time of passage behind the Moon as seen from Earth of upper rocket stage carrying the 4M amateur radio experiment.

The time shown is based on information provided by AMSAT.

2014 Oct 28
Orb 3 CRS (SS Deke Slayton) Launch Failure
Antares, Wallops Flight Facility LC-0A
Cargo delivery mission under the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement.

The Cygnus pressurized cargo vessel is based the on the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) carried as Shuttle cargo, and the avionics have been developed for other satellites.

Precise time aimed for - 22:22:38 UTC.

Launch postponed during countdown on October 27 because of the presence of a boat in the downrange area.

Orb 3 was lost when the Antares rocket suffered a failure within a few seconds of liftoff and crashed on the launch site.

Mission notes:

2014 Oct 29
Progress M-25M Launch
Soyuz 2.1a, Baikonur SC
Supplies to ISS. Flying the six-hour, fast track, route.

Precise time - 07:09:42 UTC.

Orbit notes:

NORAD: 2014-067A/40292

2014 Oct 29
Progress M-25M Docking
Docked with the Pirs module. Precise time - 13:08:15. <-- diaryISS -->

2014 Oct 29
USA 258 (Navstar GPS IIF-08) Launch
Atlas V 401, CCAFS LC-41
Eighth Block 2F, Generation 2 GPS Navsat.

Time is the opening of an 18 minute window.

Mission brochure:

Background information:

Orbit notes:

NORAD: 2014-068A

2014 Oct 30
Meridian 7 Launch
Soyuz 2-1a/Fregat, Plesetsk SC
Military/government communications satellite for Molniya-type eccentric orbit - 1000 x 39700 km, 63° inclination, 724 minutes period.

Launch appears to have been delayed by 15 mins late in the countdown.

Orbit notes:

NORAD - 2014-069A/40296

2014 Oct 31
Chang'e 5 Test Vehicle - Landing
The Test Vehicle will release a prototype re-entry vehicle to test the heat shield.

The re-entry vehicle is aimed to land in Mongolia in the Shenzhou landing zone (42° North, 111° East). It will follow a 'skip' re-entry profile where an initial dip into the atmosphere will slow the speed and lead to reduced overall heating. A second re-entry will follow a ballistic trajectory into the landing zone for touch-down using a parachute.

Re-entry track and major events:

The time is +/- 10 minutes, based on NOTAMs published Oct 30. It is about 45 minutes later than indicated at the start of the Mission.

The main craft may remain in orbit in the Earth-Moon system after it has released the re-entry vehicle.

2014 Nov 8
GSLV Atmospheric Test Flight
GSLV Mk III, Satish Dhawan SC
Sub-orbital launch to about 120 kilometres altitude aimed at testing the aerodynamics of the rocket. It will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere over the Bay of Bengal.

The payload is a protoype of a future piloted spacecraft that will be used to characterise aspects of the design and test the aerodynamics of its re-entry. It will land by parachute in the seal.

Approximate date. Has slipped several times and may slip further.

2014 Nov 8
MAVEN - Start of Science Mission
Mars orbit
Start of formal scientific programme.

2014 Nov 10
SoyuzTMA-13M Undocking
Undocking from Rassvet carrying carrying Suraev, Wiseman and Gerst.

Followed by re-entry and landing.

2014 Nov 10
Soyuz TMA-13M Landing
Location - Kazakhstan.

Follows retro-fire at 03:03 UTC.

2014 Nov 12
Rosetta - Landing of Philae
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

2014 Nov 18
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

2014 Nov 20
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

2014 Nov 20
Progress M-24M Re-entry
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

2014 Nov 23
Soyuz TMA-15M Launch
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

2014 Nov 24
Soyuz TMA-15M Docking
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

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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