Skynet 8-29-20 “The Carrington Event” & “Constellation Scutum, The Shield” 9PM CT

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

The Carrington Event

Reference Material on “The Carrington Event”

Space Exploration and Space History 

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Discovers Ultraviolet Light Swirling over the South Pole of Mars


Today – August 29, 1961 Chris Hadfield born.

3 space missions totaling 166 days in space.

August 30, 1931 Jack Swigert, Apollo 13

August 24, 1944 Gregory Jarvis, died on the Challenger mission

August 30, 1971 Megan McArthur, 2 shuttle missions, future Space X astronaut, married to Space X astronaut Bob Behnken

August 24, 1932 Joe Engle, 2 shuttle missions and last living x-15 pilot.


Enchiladas Discovered (August 28, 1789)

Galileo Spacecraft Flies Past Asteroid 244 (August 28, 1993)

Waz Up/Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Aug. 30

Falcon 9 • Starlink 11

Launch time: 1412 GMT (10:12 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 12th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 11. Delayed from Aug. 29. [Aug. 25]

Aug. 30

Falcon 9 • SAOCOM 1B

Launch time: 2319 GMT (7:19 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 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. Delayed from Aug. 27 in ripple effect from Delta 4-Heavy/NROL-44 delay. 

Aug. 30/31

Electron • “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical”

Launch window: 0305-0705 GMT on 31st (11:05 p.m.-3:05 a.m. EDT on 30th/31st)

Launch site: Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its 14th flight with the Sequoia radar observation satellite for Capella Space, a commercial remote sensing company. Rocket Lab nicknamed the launch “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical” in reference to Capella’s synthetic aperture radar technology. Delayed from Aug. 26 and Aug. 28 due to weather. [Aug. 28]

Sept. 1 / 2


Launch time: 0151:10 GMT on 2nd (9:51:10 p.m. EDT on 1st)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV16, will launch on the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept mission with around 50 microsatellites, nanosatellites and CubeSats for commercial and institutional customers. This rideshare launch is the first flight of a multi-payload dispenser funded by the European Space Agency to allow the Vega rocket to deliver numerous small satellites to orbit on a single mission. Delayed from August, Sept. 10 and February. Delayed from March 23 due to coronavirus outbreak. Delayed from June 18 due to unfavorable high-altitude winds. Scrubbed on June 27 and June 28 by high-altitude winds. Delayed from Aug. 17. [Aug. 26]

Sept. 10/11

Rocket 3.1 • Test Flight

Launch window: 0200-0430 GMT on 11th (10:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EDT on (10th/11th)

Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska

A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will make its first orbital launch attempt. Astra says there will be no payloads on this test flight. Scrubbed on Aug. 2 due to upper level winds and boat in range. Scrubbed on Aug. 4 and Aug. 6. Delayed from Aug. 30 due to poor weather forecast. [Aug. 28]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Spinning Black Hole Powers Jet by Magnetic Flux

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.

The purpose of the OGO 1 spacecraft, the first of a series of six Orbiting Geophysical Observatories, was to conduct diversified geophysical experiments to obtain a better understanding of the earth as a planet and to develop and operate a standardized observatory-type satellite. (1964)

The University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), funded by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), detected an object late in the evening of 25 August 2020 which appeared to be on an impact trajectory with Earth. The University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), also funded by PDCO, independently observed the object. Further observations were conducted by CSS to confirm the object’s trajectory. Precision orbit calculations were conducted by the Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and compared to data from the European Space Agency’s NEO Coordination Center. The object was confirmed to be, not an asteroid, but in fact Orbiting Geophysical Observatory-1 (OGO-1). OGO-1 was predicted to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday evening, 29 August 2020 over the South Pacific.[8]


Aug. 30

Aug. 31

Sept. 1

Hubble Space Telescope

Aug. 30

Aug. 31

Sept. 2