Skynet 2-15-20 “Will Betelgeuse Explode?” & “Orbiting Space Junk” 9PM CT

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Will Betelgeuse Finally Explode?
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Feb. 15
Antares • NG-13
Launch time: 2021 GMT (3:21 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 14th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-13. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Moved forward from April 20. Delayed from Feb. 7. Countdown aborted Feb.9 due to ground equipment issue. Delayed from Feb. 13. Scrubbed on Feb. 14 by upper level winds. [Feb. 14]

Feb. 16
Falcon 9 • Starlink 4
Launch time: 1525 GMT (10:25 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the fifth batch of 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 4. Delayed from January and Feb. 15. [Feb. 14]

Feb. 18
Ariane 5 • JCSAT 17 & GEO-Kompsat 2B
Launch time: 2218-2320 GMT (5:18-6:20 p.m. EST)
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA252, to launch the Japanese-owned JCSAT 17 communications satellite and the South Korean GEO-Kompsat 2B oceanography satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, the JCSAT 17 satellite will provide high-power video, broadband and mobile communications services over Japan and neighboring regions for Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. of Tokyo. The GEO-Kompsat 2B spacecraft, built and owned by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, will provide ocean and environmental monitoring services for weather forecasters and scientists from geosynchronous orbit. [Feb. 11]

Feb. 20
Soyuz • Meridian M
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket with a Fregat upper stage will launch a Meridian M communications satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Soyuz rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. Delayed from Jan. 24 and Feb. 9. [Feb. 1]
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