Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Scheduled For Monday

Saturday's Delta IV launch was scrubbed due to thunderstorms over Cape Canaveral.  Photo: Brevard Times
 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- After four scrubs last week, the launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV medium configuration rocket in support of the U.S. Air Force AFSPC-04 mission is now set for  6:43 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 28, 2014  from Space Launch Complex-37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


According to the latest weather forecast from the USAF 45th Weather Squadron, there is  a 60% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions at launch time.  The primary weather concerns for launch are anvil clouds and surface electric fields.
 

The Delta IV rocket will carry two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geosynchronous orbit and will also carry an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite.


The twin GSSAP spacecraft will support U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor.  The GSSAP will also support Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space situational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects in the geosynchronous orbital belt 22,300 miles above Earth.


The ANGELS satellite is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate.  As part of AFRL’s research in advanced Space Situational Awareness (SSA), ANGELS examines techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment surrounding our nation’s vital space assets.


AFSPC-4 will be the 33rd ULA mission for the U.S. Air Force. It will be the eighth of 15 planned missions ULA is slated to launch in 2014, and ULA’s 85th since the company formed in 2006.


Where Is the Best Place That You Can Watch The Rocket Launch?

 
A. There are several locations available for guests to view the launch from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. General admission tickets required.  Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for directions and more information.



Free areas to watch the Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing): 

1. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.
2. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.
3. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.
4. Along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida (there is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change).
 
 
 

Map of Launch Complex 37-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  Credit: Google.  Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.
 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Delta IV Rocket Launch Scheduled For Saturday

2nd UPDATE:  Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Scheduled For Monday



UPDATE: Friday's launch has been scrubbed. Another attempt will be made at 6:55 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 26, 2014.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV medium configuration rocket in support of the U.S. Air Force AFSPC-04 mission is set for  6:55 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 25, 2014 with a 65-minute launch window from Space Launch Complex-37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


According to the latest weather forecast from the USAF 45th Weather Squadron, there is only a 30% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions at launch time.  The primary weather concerns for launch are anvil clouds, lightning, and cumulus clouds.


The Delta IV rocket will carry two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geosynchronous orbit and will also carry an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite.


The twin GSSAP spacecraft will support U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor.  The GSSAP will also support Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space situational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects in the geosynchronous orbital belt 22,300 miles above Earth.


The ANGELS satellite is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate.  As part of AFRL’s research in advanced Space Situational Awareness (SSA), ANGELS examines techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment surrounding our nation’s vital space assets.


AFSPC-4 will be the 33rd ULA mission for the U.S. Air Force. It will be the eighth of 15 planned missions ULA is slated to launch in 2014, and ULA’s 85th since the company formed in 2006.


Where Is the Best Place That You Can Watch The Rocket Launch?

 
A. There are several locations available for guests to view the launch from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. General admission tickets required.  Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for directions and more information.



Free areas to watch the Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing): 

1. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.
2. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.
3. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.
4. Along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida (there is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change).


Map of Launch Complex 37-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  Credit: Google.  Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rocket Launch Tonight From Cape Canaveral

2nd UPDATE:  Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Scheduled For Monday



CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV medium configuration rocket in support of the U.S. Air Force AFSPC-04 mission is set for  6:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 24, 2014 with a 65-minute launch window from Space Launch Complex-37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


According to the latest weather forecast from the USAF 45th Weather Squadron, there is only a 30% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions at launch time.  The primary weather concerns for launch are anvil clouds, lightning, and cumulus clouds.


The Delta IV rocket will carry two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geosynchronous orbit and will also carry an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite.


The twin GSSAP spacecraft will support U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor.  The GSSAP will also support Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space situational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects in the geosynchronous orbital belt 22,300 miles above Earth.


The ANGELS satellite is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate.  As part of AFRL’s research in advanced Space Situational Awareness (SSA), ANGELS examines techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment surrounding our nation’s vital space assets.


AFSPC-4 will be the 33rd ULA mission for the U.S. Air Force. It will be the eighth of 15 planned missions ULA is slated to launch in 2014, and ULA’s 85th since the company formed in 2006.


Where Is the Best Place That You Can Watch The Rocket Launch?

 
A. There are several locations available for guests to view the launch from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. General admission tickets required.  Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for directions and more information.



Free areas to watch the Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing): 

1. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.
2. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.
3. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.
4. Along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida (there is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change).


Map of Launch Complex 37-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  Credit: Google.  Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.

Monday, July 14, 2014

SpaceX Rocket Launch Time Changed

Falcon 9.  Photo Credit: SpaceX.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket carrying six ORBCOMM Generation 2 satellites has been re-scheduled to liftoff at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 14, 2014 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


Launch Weather Forecast

The most recent forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 70% chance of overall permissible weather conditions for the SpaceX launch.  The primary weather concerns for launch are anvil clouds, lightning, and cumulus clouds.

 
Where Can You Watch the SpaceX Rocket Launch?

Map of Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Credit: Google.  Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.
A. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the best possible viewing with paid admission. Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for directions and more information.
B. The Canaveral National Seashore.  Admission is $5 per car.

Free areas to watch the Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing):

1. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.

2. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.

3. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.

4. Along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida (there is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Full Moon Tonight Is A Super Moon


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- There will be a Full Moon tonight on July 12, 2014 - but not just any Full Moon - it is a Super Moon that is also known as a Thunder Moon or Buck Moon.  The Moon will be 99.7% full tonight.


The moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's east coast occurs around 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with a few minutes deviation depending on your exact location.)  The moon will set around 7:52 a.m. on the morning of July 13, 2014.


For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Full Moon, the Full Moon brings along with it a 4-foot plus high tide that will occur around 8:41 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.


Why is it also called a Thunder Moon or Buck Moon?


These moon names are associated with seasonal occurrences that happen in July.  Male deer, known as bucks, begin to sprout their antlers which is why it is called a Buck Moon.  Thunder Moon gets its name from the summer thunderstorms that happen in July.


What's so special about this July 2014 Super Moon?


According to NASA, a Super Moon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth.  When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Super Moon is also known as a Perigee Moon.


A full moon at its closest point to Earth definitely will be big and bright. But it won't look much, if any, different than a "normal" full moon and will not have any readily observable effect on our planet except perhaps slightly higher tides.


July's Full Moon is the first of three Super Moons that will take place this Summer.  The next two Super Moons will occur on August 10 and September 9, 2014.


When is the best time to watch the Super Moon?


Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.  So the Super Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise around 8:30 p.m. on July 12.


If you live in a different time zones, the time would be the nearly same in your local time if you are on Daylight Savings Times - plus or minus a few minutes.


Where is the best place to watch the Super Moon?


The Super Moon will be visible around the world.  The best place to watch is wherever the viewer has a good view of the horizon, lack of artificial lighting, and no local cloud cover.



ImageCredit: NASA


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Friday, July 11, 2014

SpaceX Launch From Cape Canaveral July 14

Falcon 9.  Photo Credit: SpaceX.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket carrying six ORBCOMM Generation 2 satellites is scheduled to liftoff at 9:21 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 14, 2014 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


Launch Weather Forecast

The most recent forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 70% chance of overall permissible weather conditions for the SpaceX launch.  The primary weather concerns for launch are anvil clouds, lightning, and cumulus clouds.

 
Where Can You Watch the SpaceX Rocket Launch?

Map of Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Credit: Google.  Rocket launch viewing locations added by Brevard Times.
A. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the best possible viewing with paid admission. Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for directions and more information.
B. The Canaveral National Seashore.  Admission is $5 per car.

Free areas to watch the Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing):

1. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.

2. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.

3. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.

4. Along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida (there is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change).

Next Full Moon is a Super Moon in July 2014



CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- There will be a Full Moon on July 12, 2014 - but not just any Full Moon - it is a Super Moon that is also known as a Thunder Moon or Buck Moon.  The Moon will be 99.7% full on that day.


The moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's east coast does not occur until around 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with a few minutes deviation depending on your exact location.)  The moon will set around 7:52 a.m. on the morning of July 13, 2014.


For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Full Moon, the Full Moon brings along with it a 4-foot plus high tide that will occur around 8:41 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.


Why is it also called a Thunder Moon or Buck Moon?
 

These moon names are associated with seasonal occurrences that happen in July.  Male deer, known as bucks, begin to sprout their antlers which is why it is called a Buck Moon.  Thunder Moon gets its name from the summer thunderstorms that happen in July.


 
What's so special about this July 2014 Super Moon?

 

According to NASA, a Super Moon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth.  When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Super Moon is also known as a Perigee Moon. 
A full moon at its closest point to Earth definitely will be big and bright. But it won't look much, if any, different than a "normal" full moon and will not have any readily observable effect on our planet except perhaps slightly higher tides.


When is the best time to watch the Super Moon?
 

Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.  So the Super Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise around 8:30 p.m. on July 12.



If you live in a different time zones, the time would be the nearly same in your local time if you are on Daylight Savings Times plus or minus a few minutes. 


Where is the best place to watch the Super Moon?


The Super Moon will be visible around the world.  The best place to watch is wherever the viewer has a good view of the horizon, lack of artificial lighting, and no local cloud cover.



ImageCredit: NASA


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