Artemis I Mission

Coverage started 2022 Aug 28

Updated 2022 Dec 01

Orbital data has been updated 2022 Dec 01


Introduction

NASA's launch of the Artemis I mission is currently set for a window from 0604–0804 UTC on 2022 Nov 16 from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral. Launch is planned to occur at 0604 UTC [actual launch time was 43 minutes into the launch window at 0647 UTC]. You can find the latest status for the mission from NASA at:

or via their live-tracking tool at:

and more about the mission itself at:


Tracking Artemis I with BINARY SPACE's SpaceMissions™


BINARY SPACE is partnering with CelesTrak to provide support for those interested in tracking Artemis I throughout its mission via its SpaceMissions™ Web-Edition, using data from the NASA JPL Horizons System. You can access it at:

Prior to launch, the data is based on the assumption that the launch goes at the beginning of the launch window at 0604 UTC. BINARY SPACE will be updating the data from NASA JPL as it becomes available.

Once SpaceMissions™ loads, to see the panel in the upper-right corner for Artemis I requires that you be within the mission timeline (2022-11-16 08:04:51 UTC until 2022-12-11 17:18:50 UTC). Before launch, the easiest way to do that is to first select the menu icon in the upper-left corner, then select the clock icon on the left-hand side, change the date to Nov 17, and click Set (note that graphics below have not been updated for the new launch time):

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The Mission window shows the status for Artemis I and allows easy selection of the various mission phases:

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If you do not see the Mission window, Interplanetary Missions may be turned off in the configuration section (eye icon) in the Scene section. "No Interplanetary Missions" may be checked by default for some devices, due to limited RAM. Unchecking this box and restarting should fix this issue, assuming you have enough RAM. You may need to uncheck "No 3D Models," as well.

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Note that if you select Real-time when you are outside of the mission timeline, the Mission window will disappear and you will need to manually reselect a time within the mission timeline, as described above.

While viewing any Mission Phase, you can reset to the beginning of that phase and the original camera angle by clicking the Refresh button.

From there, you will be presented with accurate and visually engaging views of the mission as it unfolds:

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And most importantly, if you want a close-up of the high-fidelity model of the spacecraft, you can toggle that using the camera icon. You can view events like stage separation and maneuvers as they occur:

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NEW: Tracking Services in SpaceMissions™: BINARY SPACE has now added tracking services to allow users to see where Orion is located relative to their location. You can find these at the bottom of the Mission panel:

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If you click on the Telescope icon, you will be asked for permission to use your current location. Once approved, the box opens to show your longitude and latitude, along with the azimuth, elevation, and distance to Orion. It will also show whether Orion is currently visible from your location.

If it is visible, you can click the Home icon to see where Orion is located in your sky:

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This should help users wanting to 'listen' to Orion on RF or to search for it with a telescope.

We hope that you will find this information invaluable for tracking this mission as it evolves. We thank BINARY SPACE for putting this all together and supporting it throughout the mission.


Finding Artemis I Data on the NASA JPL Horizons System

For those users needing more specific information to track the Artemis I mission, please check out the NASA JPL Horizons System at:

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There is extensive information available on how to use that system. – TS Kelso