Launches and Orbital Operations
2014 Jul 29
Tuesday, Day 210
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.
2014 Jul 28
GSSAP and ANGELS (AFSPC 4) Launch
Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2), CCAFS
Launch of a pair of Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program
(GSSAP) satellites to near-geosynchronous orbit to support US Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor. Their job will be to look at objects in geosynchronous orbit with a view to identifying satellites and differentiating between payloads, rocket bodies and debris.
The launch vehicle will also carry ANGELS
(Autonomous Nanosatellite Guardian for Evaluating Local Space) - a small satellite designed to fly alongside a major payload to monitor the local space environment. it will use the upper stage of the Delta 4 as it's target. It also carries an experimental detector similar to those aboard the GSSAP satellites.
65 minute launch window opened ar 22:43 UTC. Postponed 24 hrs from July 23 due to a problem with a cooling device associated with loading propellant into the rocket. Further delayed from July 24 by repeated bad weather.
Mission Brochure from ULA:
2014 Jul 29
ATV 5 (Georges Lemaître) Launch
Ariane 5ES (VA-219), Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2014 Jul 31
ISS Orbit Boost
ISS on orbit
Thruster firing will provide 90 m/s Δv to lower the ISS orbit in anticipation of the arrival of ATV 4.
2014 Aug 1
ISS EVA - Russian Segment
Continuation of the 38th Russian EVA from ISS - Skvortsov and Artemyev] will use the Pirs hatch.
Tasks include launch by hand of the Chasqui 1 Cubesat (1U) from a group of academic centres in Peru, led by Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. Developed to demonstrate co-operative satellite development and building between Peruvian Universities and learning institutions. Carries an Earth imaging camera.
It was delivered to the ISS by Progress M-22M, 2014 February.
2014 Aug 1
Progress M-23M Re-entry
on orbit - ISS
De-orbit over southern Pacific Ocean.
The time is approximate.
2014 Aug 2
Navstar GPS IIF-07
Atlas V, CCAFS LC-41
A more comprehensive
version of this list that looks much further ahead can be found in the password-protected section of the zarya.info website. To request a password, see notes on the 'Closed Orbit
' introductory page.