Skynet 10-3-20 “The Secret MOL Program” & Constellation Capricornus 9PM CT

IO Group:

Facebook Group:

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

New Revelations about the Secret MOL Program (Article from Dec. 2015)

Manned Orbiting Laboratory (Artist’s Rendoring)

Underwater MOL Weightless Training

MOL Spec. Sheet

Titan IIIC Test Launch

The MOL Story

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

Space X Aborts Launch, Oct. 3

Cygnus Spacecraft Blasts Off from Virginia, Oct. 2

Space-Related Birthdays

October 2, 1921 Birth of Albert Scott Crossfield

October 3, 1935 Birth of Charles Moss Jr ‘Charlie’ Duke.

This Week in Space History

October 3,1950 – The transistor was patented by Shockley, Bardeen, and Brattain.

On October 1in 1913,Robert Goddard Files First Patent for “Rocket Apparatus”

Creation of Nasa, October 1, 1958

Space X 1 Launch, September 28, 2008

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellation Capricornus, the Goat

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule


Falcon 9 • Starlink 14

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 15th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 14. [Sept. 4]

Oct. 14

Soyuz • ISS 63S

Launch time: 0545 GMT (1:45 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [Sept. 14]


Atlas 5 • NROL-101

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. The mission was changed from an earlier planned “551” configuration. This will be the first launch of an Atlas 5 rocket with new Northrop Grumman-built GEM-63 solid rocket motors, replacing the Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket motors used on previous Atlas 5s. Delayed from September. [Aug. 25]

Oct. 16/17

Soyuz • Falcon Eye 2

Launch time: 0133:28 GMT on 17th (9:33:28 p.m. EDT on 16th)

Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS24, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the Falcon Eye 2 high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 2 is the second of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military. The Soyuz 2-1a (Soyuz ST-A) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 15 and November. Switched from a Vega launcher after the launch failure with the Falcon Eye 1 spacecraft. Delayed from March 6, April 14, and September. [Aug. 26]

Oct. 17

Soyuz • Glonass K

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass K navigation satellite. The Glonass K satellites are upgraded spacecraft for Russia’s Glonass positioning and timing network. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 6 and late August. [Aug. 15]

Oct. 23

Falcon 9 • Crew 1

Launch time: 0947 GMT (5:47 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from late September. [Aug. 14]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Venus Might Be Habitable

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


Oct. 7

Oct. 8

North Korean Satellite

Oct. 5

Oct. 9