Skynet 3-14-20 “The Alcubierre ‘Warp’ Drive” & “What’s Up with Venus?” 9PM CT


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Saturday’s Topic: “The Alcubierre “Warp” Drive” & “What’s Up With Venus?”

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“Planet of the Apes” (1968)

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The Alcubierre Warp Drive

Alcubierre Warp Drive

Abcubierre Drive Passing in Front of Earth

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Miguel Alcubierre

Alcubierre Metric

FTL Travel

Marc G. Millis

Eagleworks Laboratories

Warp Bubbles

Interstellar Travel
Space Exploration and Space History

This Week in Space History

March 14th, 1835 Giovanni Schiaparelli born

March 13th, 1855 Percival Lowell born

March 9, 1934 Yuri Gargarin born

Apollo birthdays

March 14, 1934 Gene Cernan born

March 15, 1932 Alan Bean born

March 13, 1781 Uranus Discovered

March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein was born
Waz Up?
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Month/Topic of the Week
The Mysterious Venus: What’s Going On?
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches

Upcoming Rocket Launch List

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Launch Schedule

March 15
Falcon 9 • Starlink 5
Launch time: 1322 GMT (9:22 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the sixth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 5. Delayed from January, Feb. 14, March 4, March 11 and March 14. [March 13]

March 16
Launch time: Approx. 1213 GMT (8:13 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), designated GSLV-F10, will launch India’s first GEO Imaging Satellite, or GISAT 1. The GISAT 1 spacecraft will provide continuous remote sensing observations over the Indian subcontinent from geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) above Earth. Delayed from Jan. 15, February and March 5. [March 9]

March 16
Soyuz • Glonass M
Launch time: 1823 GMT (2:23 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket with a Fregat upper stage will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The Soyuz rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration. Delayed from March 15. [March 5]

March 16
Long March 7A • TJS 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 7A rocket will launch a satellite known as TJS 6. Also named as XJY 6 in unconfirmed social media posts, the payload will launch aboard the first flight of the Long March 7A rocket variant with a third stage to place spacecraft into high-energy orbits. [March 16]

Astra Rocket 3.0 • “1 of 3”
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska
Astra Space’s Rocket 3.0, or Rocket 3, will lift off on its first orbital launch attempt. Astra originally planned to launch the mission, designated “1 of 3,” in pursuit of a $2 million prize in DARPA’s Launch Challenge. But the mission was delayed beyond the 15-day window for the Launch Challenge, meaning Astra did not win the prize. Astra plans to proceed with another launch attempt from Alaska with a different set of payloads. Delayed from Feb. 25, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. Scrubbed on Feb. 29 by poor weather. Scrubbed on March 2 by guidance, navigation and control issue. [March 2]

Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C49, will launch the RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The PSLV will also launch four Kleos Scouting Mission radio surveillance nanosatellites for Kleos Space, a Luxembourg-based company, and multiple Lemur 2 CubeSats for Spire Global. The mission will likely use the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from December. [Feb. 11]

March 21
Soyuz • OneWeb 3
Launch time: 1707 GMT (1:07 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz-2.1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 5 and March 18. [March 1]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries
Exoplanet Where it Rains Iron, Discovered
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
All times are “local” (Dallas) time.

North Korean Satellite

Mar. 16

Mar. 20

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