Past Space Launches

 

 

 A European Space Agency heavy lift launcher is scheduled to depart the Spaceport in French Guiana on Thursday on a multi-satellite delivery mission for both Spain and Germany.

 
Lift-off of the 47th Ariane 5 rocket from launch pad ELA-3 at Kourou, located in South America's upper east coast, is set for October 1st at 5:59:07 pm EDT (7PM local time) -- the opening of a 70 minute launch window.

 

 

Ariane 5: Amazonas 2, COMSATbw

 Kourou, F.G, South America   Launch Complex ELA-3

Video: Watch Replay

Date: October 1

Time: 5:59:07 pm EDT

Duration: 15 years each

 

 

 European Space Agency Astronaut Frank De Winne, the first European commander of the International Space Station, and flight engineers Robert Thirsk, Roman Romanenko, Nicole Stott, Maxim Suraev and Jeffrey Williams will serve as the Expedition 21 crew.

Crews of six staying between three to six months will be the normal life style, especially as the 21st permanent station crew lives aboard for six months

 

 

Soyuz : Soyuz TMA 16 ISS 20S

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia
 Launch Complex

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: September 30, 2009

Time: 3:14 am  EDT

Duration: six months

Crew: six

 

 The Space Tracking and Surveillance System or STSS demonstration payload will be carried aloft into earth orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II on September 18, from Cape Canaveral.

 

 

 

 

Delta II 7920:  STSS Demo

Cape Canaveral Air Station
 Launch Complex 17-B

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: September 25, 2009

Time: 8:20 am EDT

Duration: 4 years

 

 

  A United Launch Alliance Atlas V will loft a classified DoD payload into earth orbit from Cape Canaveral.

 Payload classified and launch TV is uncertain.

 

 

 

 Atlas V:  DOD Payload

Cape Canaveral Air Station
 Launch Complex 41

Video: DoD

Date: September 8th

Time: 5:35 pm EDT

Duration: ?

 

 The STS-128 crewmembers will take Discovery back to to space station on a resupply flight. The seven member crew consists of Rick Sturckow, commander; Patrick Forrester, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang, astronauts Nicole Stott, Jose Hernandez, John "Danny" Olivas, all mission specialists; and Kevin Ford, pilot. Stott is scheduled to join Expedition 20 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station with the STS-128 crew.

 

STS-128 Discovery  ISS 17A

Kennedy Space Center
 Launch Complex 39-A

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: August 28

Time: 11:59:37 pm EDT

Duration: 13 days

Crew: Seven

 

 The fifth European Space Agency Ariane 5 heavy launch vehile is set to depart South America on a multi-satellite launch mission in just days.

 Carrying the Austrailian OPTUS D3 and the Japanese JCSat-12, the Ariane 5 will deliver the two payloads into geostationary orbit as they support multimedia broadcast and call feeds for their respective countries.

 

 

 Ariane 5: JCSat 12 & Optus D3

CKourou, French Guiana, South America - Pad ELA-03

Video: ESA TV

Date: Friday, August 21

Time: 6:09 pm EDT

Duration: 10 years

 

 

 NAVSTAR's second planned GPS launch of 2009, GPS satellites orbit the earth every 12 hours, emitting continuous navigation signals. With the proper equipment, users can receive these signals to calculate time, location and velocity. The signals are so accurate, time can be figured to within a millionth of a second, velocity within a fraction of a mile per hour and location to within 100 feet.

 

 

Delta II 7925:  NS GPS 2R-21

Cape Canaveral Air Station
 Launch Complex 17-A

Video:

Date: Monday, August 17

Time: 6:35 am EDT

Duration: 10 years

 

 Space Shuttle mission STS-127 is a construction flight of the International Space Station and the final of a series of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japanese "Kibo" laboratory complex. In addition to delivering, installing, and servicing an external scientific platform attached to the end of the Japanese module, STS-127 will bring up a new ISS crew member and return another one to Earth, replace vital components of the ISS electrical production system, and transfer various pieces of hardware to ISS. Spacewalks: Five.

 

STS-127 Endeavour  ISS 2J/A

Kennedy Space Center
 Launch Complex 39-A

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: July 15, 2009

Time: 6:03 pm EDT

Duration: 16 days

Crew: Seven

 

 GOES-O will be launched on a Delta IV with two solids to nearly direct injection to geostationary-orbit. The use of the main rocket to get to orbit will save fuel on the spacecraft, and achieve at least 10 years of fuel lifetime (5 years of on orbit storage, and 5 years of operations).

 View RealTime GOES Satellite images from space.

 

 

Delta IV : NOAA GOES-O

Cape Canaveral Air Station
 Launch Complex 37-B

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009

Time: 6:51 pm EDT

Duration: 9 - 10 years

Crew: none

 

 The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the first mission in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, a plan to return to the moon and then to travel to Mars and beyond. The LRO objectives are to finding safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.

 The spacecraft will be placed in low polar orbit (50 km). LRO will return data, such as day-night temperature maps, a global geodetic grid, high resolution color imaging and the moon's UV albedo.

 

Atlas V 401: Lunar Recon Orbiter

Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL
 Launch Complex 41

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Time: 5:32 pm EDT

Duration: 4 months to 1 year

Crew: none

 

 Under blue skies, a Russian Soyuz rocket lifted-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 26 with a truly international crew of three on a two day flight to the international space station.

 
Russian Roman Romanenko, European Frank De Winne and Canadian Robert Thirsk lifted-off from their launch pad in southeastern Russia on May 26th at 6:34 am EDT or 4:34 pm local time, to begin a trip which will double the current station crew size to six.

 

Soyuz : Soyuz TMA / ISS 20

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia
 Launch Complex

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: May 26

Time: __   EDT

Duration: six months

Crew: Six

 

 STS-125 marked the fifth and final space shuttle servicing flight to the Edwin P. Hubble Space Telescope.

 Launch occurred on time and included veteran astronaut Scott D. Altman will command the final space shuttle mission to Hubble. Retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson will serve as pilot. Mission specialists include veteran spacewalkers John M. Grunsfeld and Michael J. Massimino and first-time space fliers Andrew J. Feustel, Michael T. Good and K. Megan McArthur.

 

STS-125 Atlantis : Hubble Svc

Kennedy Space Center
 Launch Complex 39-A

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: Monday, May 11th

Time: 2:01:56 pm EDT

Duration: 11 days

Crew: Seven

 

A NASA controlled launch, a Delta 2 will carry the Space Tracking and Surveillance System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction, or STSS- ATRR, research mission for the Missile Defense Agency.

 

 

 

 

Delta II 7920 : STSS-ATRR

Vandenberg, Air Force Base, CA
 Launch Complex 2-west

Video: none

Date: May 5, 2009

Time: 4:24 pm EDT

Duration: 6 to 8 years

Crew: none

 

 Wideband Global SATCOM can route 2.1 to 3.6 Gbps of data - providing more than 10 times the communications capacity of the predecessor DSCS III satellite. Using reconfigurable antennas and a digital channelizer, WGS also offers added flexibility to tailor coverage areas and to connect X-band and Ka-band users anywhere within the satellite field of view. The system provides tremendous operational flexibility and delivers the needed capacity, coverage, connectivity and control in support of demanding operational scenarios.

 

Atlas V AV-016 : W.G.S. 2

Cape Canaveral Air Station
 Launch Complex 41

Video: DoD

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009

Time: 8:31pm EDT

Duration: 8 to 10 years

Crew: none

 

 Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Michael Barratt will launch aboard a Soyuz, and Koichi Wakata will fly to the station aboard Discovery STS-119.

 The three will serve aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 19 crew.

 Landing in Russia aboard a Soyuz is slated for October 11th.

 

Soyuz : Soyuz TMA 14 ISS 19S

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia
 Launch Complex

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009

Time: 7:49 am EDT

Duration: six months

Crew: three to six

 

 GPS satellites orbit the earth every 12 hours, emitting continuous navigation signals. With the proper equipment, users can receive these signals to calculate time, location and velocity. The signals are so accurate, time can be figured to within a millionth of a second, velocity within a fraction of a mile per hour and location to within 100 feet. Receivers have been developed for use in aircraft, ships and land vehicles, as well as for hand carrying.

 

Delta II 7925 : NS GPS 2R-20M

Cape Canaveral Air Station
 Launch Complex 17-A

Video: DoD

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Time: 4:34 am EDT

Duration: 5 to 7 years

Crew: none

 

 STS-119 was the 28th shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Discovery also will carry the S6 truss segment to the orbital outpost.

 Air Force Col. Lee Archambault lead the crew of STS-119, and Navy Cmdr. Tony Antonelli will serve as the pilot. The mission specialists for the flight will be NASA astronauts Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata.

 

STS-119 Discovery / ISS 15A

Kennedy Space Center
 Launch Complex 39-A

Video: NASA-TV Live

Date: March 15 - 28, 2009

Launch Time: 7:43:44 pm EDT

Landing Time: 3:14 pm EDT

Duration: 13 days

Crew: Seven

 

 The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine the fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy that might have such planets.

 

 

Delta II 7925-10L : NASA Kepler

Cape Canaveral Air Station
Launch Complex 17-B

Date: March 6, 2009

Launch Time: 10:49 pm EST

Orbit Duration: 4 years

Crew: none