Skynet 2-20-21 “The Martian” & “Constellation Auriga, the Charioteer” 9PM CT

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Brenda Magee WB5OZL

“The Martian”

Perseverance Landing Site




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Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

Starship CN-8

JPL Controller – First Pictures

Space-Related Birthdays

Feb. 15, 1935

Birth of Dr Roger Bruce Chaffee


Birth of Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Serebrov

Feb. 16, 1937

Birth of Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko – .

Feb. 19, 1932

Birth of Dr Joseph Peter Kerwin


Birth of Dr Byron Kurt Lichtenberg


Birth of Rodolfo Neri Vela


Birth of Roberto Maria Taccino – .


Birth of George David Low

This Week in Space History

Feb 14.  1972

Luna 20 Launches to the Moon

Feb. 14, 2000

NEAR, Asteroid Eros Orbit Insertion

Feb. 17, 1959

Vanguard 2 – .


Ranger 8


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NEAR – . Payload: Discovery 1.

Feb. 19, 1986

Mir Core Module


Landing of Soyuz TM-8


Landing of Soyuz TM-26

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Tonight’s Constellation: “Auriga, The Charioteer”

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule


Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L17

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 20th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L17. Delayed from Jan. 29, Jan. 30, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 2, Feb. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 7, and Feb. 17. [Feb. 16]

Feb. 20

Antares • NG-15

Launch time: 1736 GMT (12:36 p.m. EST)

Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 16th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 15th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-15. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from Feb. 1. [Dec. 28]

Feb. 27/28

PSLV • Amazônia 1

Launch time: 0453 GMT on 28th (11:53 p.m. EST on 27th)

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C51, will launch the Amazônia 1 Earth observation satellite for Brazil. The Brazilian-built spacecraft carries an optical camera to monitor environmental conditions, such as deforestation, in the Amazon region. Multiple secondary payloads from private Indian companies will also be on this launch. [Feb. 16]

Early 2021

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 and December 2019. Delayed from January and December 2020. [Dec. 11]


SSLV • BlackSky Global

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first commercial mission with four Earth observation satellites for BlackSky Global, a Seattle-based company. The rideshare mission for BlackSky is being arranged by Spaceflight. Delayed from November, late 2019 and early 2020. [Jan. 25]


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. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2020. [Nov. 27]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

First black hole ever detected is more massive than we thought

Cygnus X-1

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

 All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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