I was fortunate enough to watch the launch of the Orbital Antares OA-5 from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My view was spectacular. I watched as first stage burned out almost directly in front of my ocean view. I was able to see 2nd stage ignition and was able to continue to see the flight all the way up to 2nd stage cutoff.
Here is the video of the Antares OA-5 launch
AXM has now released the Antares 230 OA-5 Paper Model for your building pleasure.
“To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.” -Smithsonian
Go to the 3D model tour at the Smithsonian
Here is the information for the launch of the AtlasV OSIRIS-REX mission. Let’s go bring back a piece of an asteroid!
OSIRIS-REx’s key science objectives include:
• Return and analyze a sample of Bennu’s surface
• Map the asteroid
• Document the sample site
• Measure the orbit deviation caused by non-gravitational forces (the Yarkovsky effect)
• Compare observations at the asteroid to ground-based observations
Watch Live: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public
Launch Window: September 8, 2016 – 7:05 – 9:05pm eastern
Launch location: SLC-41 Cape Canaveral
AXM has just released a wonderful 1/96 scale paper model build in advance of the launch.
You can get it here
You can also download a 3-D model of the Bennu asteroid