Skynet 11-24-20 “Radishes to Space Suits” & “Constellations Sculptor and Phoenix

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Radishes to Space Suits: Scientific Experiments on ISS Mission 64 

CREW-1 Night Launch


Expedition Crew

Expedition 64 Patch

 Waz Up

Constellations Sculptor and Phoenix

Space Exploration and Space History 
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellations Sculptor and Phoenix

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Nov. 22/23

Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L15

Launch time: 0256 GMT on 23rd (9:56 p.m. EST on 22nd)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 16th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L15. Delayed from October and Nov. 21. [Nov. 20]

Nov. 23

Long March 5 • Chang’e 5

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Chang’e 5 mission to return samples from the moon. It is the first lunar sample return mission attempted since 1976. Delayed from November 2019. [Nov. 14]

Nov. 23/24Soyuz • Gonets M

Launch time: 0212 GMT on 24th (9:12 p.m. EST on 23rd)

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch three Gonets M communications satellites and a cluster of international rideshare payloads. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [Nov. 17]


Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-44

Launch period: TBD

Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from June and Aug. 26. Scrubbed on Aug. 27 by pneumatics issue. Aborted at T-minus 3 seconds on Aug. 29. Delayed from Sept. 26 by swing arm issue. Scrubbed on Sept. 28 due to weather. Scrubbed on Sept. 29 due to hydraulic leak on Mobile Service Tower retract system. Aborted on Sept. 30 at T-minus 7 seconds. Delayed from Oct. 15 and Oct. 23. [Oct. 17]

4th Quarter

Electron • STP-27RM

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 2, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its first mission from a new launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch customer is the U.S. Air Force, and the mission will launch an experimental mission for the Space Test Program called Monolith with a space weather instrument. The Monolith mission will demonstrate the ability of a small satellite to support large aperture payloads. Delayed from 2nd Quarter of 2019. Delayed from August 2020 and September 2020. [Sept. 22]


LauncherOne • ELaNa-20

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California

A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will launch on its second flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The flight will be conducted under contract to NASA’s Venture Class Launch Services Program, carrying 14 CubeSats to orbit for NASA field centers, U.S. educational institutions and laboratories on the ELaNa-20 rideshare mission. Delayed from Aug. 1, Sept. 1, November, Dec. 1, mid-February, July 1 and Aug. 14. [July 22]

Nov. 28

Angara-A5 • Test Flight

Launch time: 0522 GMT (12:22 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Angara-A5 rocket will launch on its second orbital test flight. Delayed from December and 2nd Quarter. Delayed from Nov. 3 and Nov. 24. [Nov. 17]

Nov. 28/29

Soyuz • Falcon Eye 2

Launch time: Approx. 0133:28 GMT on 29th (8:33:28 p.m. EST on 28th)

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, September, Oct. 16, and Nov. 3. [Nov. 9]

Nov. 29

H-2A • Optical Data Relay Satellite

Launch window: 0715-0915 GMT (2:15-4:15 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch Japan’s first Optical Data Relay Satellite with a laser communications payload in geosynchronous orbit. The spacecraft will relay signals between low Earth orbit satellites and ground stations. [Oct. 31]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Field Geology at Mars’ Equator Points to Ancient Megaflood

“Megaflood” Depicted

Alluvial Fan

Gale Crater Overlay

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

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