View Full Version : Exp 40 launches to the ISS today, May 28 at 1537EDT

28th May 2014, 17:53
Here's the info from NASA

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft that will carry three new crew members on an express trip to the International Space Station stands poised for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA, Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft at 3:57 p.m. EDT Wednesday (1:57 a.m. Thursday, Kazakh time) to begin a six-hour, four-orbit trek to the space station

http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2014/05/expedition_40_41_crew_members_shortly_after_leaving_the_cosm onaut_hotel/14556226-4-eng-GB/Expedition_40_41_crew_members_shortly_after_leaving_the_Cosm onaut_Hotel_highlight.jpg
pic of crew on their way from Cosmonaut Hotel to crew suit-up earlier today

Usual coverage on NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html)

Astronaut-led commentary from ESA (http://www.esa.int/)

Launch will be followed by an ESA Google+ Hangout (https://plus.google.com/events/c0nssp26khutn58og8v8fjk3vb8) with Italian astronaut, Luca Parmitano (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/Luca_Parmitano), who landed back from a six-month stint on the ISS in November 2013!

I think you all know how I will be spending my evening! :E

28th May 2014, 18:08
I thought that the Russians had decided to not cooperate with the US space program as a retaliation for the recently applied sanctions regarding the Crimea :confused::confused::confused:


28th May 2014, 18:45
Russian TV link (http://www.tsenki.com/broadcast/broadcast/live1.php) (click on #source1 if it doesn't automatically load)

SpringheeledJack - my current understanding is that the agreement not to launch NASA astronauts to the ISS coincides with the proposed introduction of US "controlled" commercial launches (SpaceX etc) and a unit-price-increase per launch (effective now) now until the current agreement ends in June 2017.

Most recently, of course, there has been an apparent agreement between President Putin of Russia and President Xi JinPing of China for some kind of future spaceflight cooperation ...

tony draper
28th May 2014, 19:39
What time is the launch in English money?I don't understand these dammed furrin times.

28th May 2014, 20:41
8.57pm Wednesday night Tony ( 17 minutes to go as I type)

flying lid
28th May 2014, 20:43
Currently London time is actually GMT+1. RT saying launch is 19.56 GMT
Therefore launch is just 20.56 PM London time.

GMT: Greenwich Mean Time - World Time / Time in every Time Zone (http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.co.uk/)


28th May 2014, 22:57
Could we send Charlie boy up there?

I'm sure Putin would shake his hand before take-off.

29th May 2014, 08:27
Could we send Charlie boy up there?
I don't think they do launches from other planets.

tony draper
29th May 2014, 08:32
Still a awesome sight,but I cant help feeling we aint going anywhere very far still relying on a chemical reaction.

Old and Horrified
30th May 2014, 09:19
Certainly an awesome sight and I was also lucky enough to see a Shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral in June 2007, but what a monumental waste of money! What happened to all the wonderful science that would result? As far as I can tell the experiments that were supposed to be the ISS's raison d'etre are little more than school science projects such as how well does Mizuna lettuce grow in space (news story 15 June 2010) and a similar story in this morning's paper. Who cares? Try and name one single piece of useful science that is not related to human space flight.

Mankind will never again venture beyond low earth orbit because its much too dangerous, much too expensive and completely unnecessary. Modern space robots do a much better job. If the sole purpose of the ISS is to prepare for long term human space exploration (as appears to be the case) it should be abandoned right now and given to the Chinese who seem to have some aspiration in this regard.

The eye-watering amounts of money spent on this enormous white elephant (but very pretty in the night sky when it passes overhead) are an absolute disgrace.

Diatribe over! Awaiting flak.......

5th Jun 2014, 19:17
Rather than start a new thread, I will add to this one...

I was part of the launch team that launched the Eutelsat 3B satellite into orbit on May 26th from the Sea Launch Equatorial launch site in the Pacific Ocean...... Did not have access to Pprune, (for some reason blocked on the boats).

I just got back to dry land 2 days ago, but there is a thread over on Rotorheads and I will be putting up more pictures soon.


Here is a video explaining the process: (I was one of the 2 helicopter pilots on-board).


The rocket ready to go:


The launch from inside the helicopter---we were spooled up ready to go

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j35/helokat/Sea%20Launch/10003560_10204095539417724_1268416441352708473_o_zpsa587c36d .jpg