Skynet 4-17-21 “STS-1 40th” & “Sextans and Hydra” 9PM CT

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

STS-1 – The First Space Shuttle to Orbit

STS-1 Crew: John Young / Robert Crippen

STS-1 Flight Deck

STS-1 Training

Bob Crippen on Orbit×4096

Columbia Cargo Bay

Columbia Landing

Return to KSC

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Space Exploration and Space History 

Space-Related Birthdays

This Week in Space History

1970 Launch of Apollo 13

1961 Launch of Vostok 1

1981 Launch of STS-1

1985 Launch STS-51D

1959  Launch Discoverer 2

1974 Launch of Westar 1

2005 Launch of Soyuz TMA-6

1972: April 16

Launch of Apollo 16

Launch of Surveyor 3

Landing of Apollo 13

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Sextans, the sextant, and Hydra, the water snake.

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

April 22

Falcon 9 • Crew 2

Launch time: 1011 GMT (6:11 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its second operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from March 30 and April 20. [March 5]

April 25

Soyuz • OneWeb 6

Launch time: 2214 GMT (6:14 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 36 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz-2.1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [April 15]

April 26

Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-82

Launch period: 1939-2257 GMT (12:39-3:57 p.m. PDT; 3:39-6:57 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

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 September. [April 15]

April 27/28

Vega • Pléiades Neo 3

Launch time: 0150 GMT on 28th (9:50 p.m. EDT on 27th)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV18, will launch the Pléiades Neo 3 Earth observation satellite for Airbus. Pléiades Neo 3 is the first of four Pléiades Neo high-resolution Earth observation satellites built, owned, and operated by Airbus. The Vega rocket will also launch multiple rideshare payloads. Delayed from February after VV17 launch failure. Delayed from late March and April 20. [April 15]

April 28

Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L24

Launch time: 0405 GMT (12:05 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 25th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L24. [April 15]

April 29Long March 5B • Tianhe 1

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 5B will launch Tianhe 1, the core module for a Chinese space station low Earth orbit. [March 26]



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, 2020. Delayed from March 28 and April 18. [April 12]


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 

Baked Meteorites Yield Clues to Planetary Atmospheres

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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