Skynet 5-30-20 “Dragon Mission to ISS” & “All Things Coma Berenices” 9PM CT


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Saturday’s Topic: “Dragon Mission to the ISS” & “Alpha/Beta Coma Berenices & Needle Galaxy”

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Discussion Topic of the Evening.
U.S. Returns to Manned Missions to ISS / All Things Coma Berenices
Space Exploration and Space History
Waz Up/Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Astronomical Object of the Week
Alpha and Beta Berenices

Alpha and Beta Berenices (Featured)

Needle Galaxy (NGC 4565)

Hubble Photo (2009)

Needle Galaxy Specifications Page
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Launch Schedule

May 31
Long March 2D • Gaofen 9-02
Launch time: Approx. 0900 GMT (5:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D will launch China’s second Gaofen 9-series Earth observation satellite. [May 27]

Falcon 9 • Starlink 7
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the eighth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 7. Delayed from May 7. Updated to clarify the possibility of launching May 17, assuming range availability. Delayed from May 17 due to Atlas 5 scrub. Delayed from May 18 due to tropical depression in landing zone. Delayed from May 19 due to Tropical Storm Arthur in booster landing zone. [May 18]

June 11
Electron • “Don’t Stop Me Now”
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its 12th flight on a rideshare mission. The rocket will carry three payloads into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency, and the ANDESITE CubeSat for Boston University and NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, which will study Earth’s magnetosphere and Space Weather. The M2 Pathfinder satellite, a collaboration between the Australian government and the University of New South Wales Canberra Space, will also be launched on a communications and technology demonstration mission. Rocket Lab has nicknamed the launch “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Delayed from March 29 due to coronavirus pandemic. Delayed from May. [May 23]

Launch time: TBD
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 13]

Falcon 9 • SAOCOM 1B
Launch time: 2321 GMT (7:21 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1B is the second of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2019, January and February. This mission was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Delayed from March 30 due to coronavirus pandemic. [March 25]

SSLV • Demonstration Launch
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September, December and January. [Jan. 25]
Recent Astronomical Discoveries
ESPRESSO confirms the presence of an Earth around the nearest star

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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