SpaceLaunchInfo.Com is meant to be the place where a visitor can
find out about launches of unmanned rockets from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
and Manned Spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center. Much of the information can be found
on our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. |
The Launch Status link is something I get alot of questions about.
What is UPOC?
UPOC used to stand for "Universal Point Of Contact". UPOC is now just another one of "those Internet
words" that is simply it's own trademark. Also, the letters are found on the numbers 8762, which is used
as the Text Message Short Code to send messages into the system. We use UPOC as the engine of our Launch
Holds Text Message Service. You can sign up for the service on
their site, or on ours.
- Why the Launch Status Text Link?
- We used to provide Launch Status Text Messages, but the cost effective service we used closed down, and
others were using Twitter. We weren't about to re-invent the wheel, and we now suggest that people send a
Text Message to 40404 (the short code for Twitter), and send the message "Follow SpaceFlightow" (not case
- The Mission Status Page on their website is my trusted GoTo page for the latest status, but they're set
up for desktop web browsers, with a video link to launch video (which usually comes up about 20 minutes
before launch), followed by a Frame containing their constantly updated "blog" of what's going on.
- Is the text message service free?
- We do not charge for the service. Your mobile phone carrier may charge you for receiving messages.
We understand that, and try hard not to send out too many messages. On a bad night with a rocket having
a sticky valve, it may be five or six holds before it gets off the ground, and we feel honor bound to
send out the messages telling you about it.