Skynet! 5-1-21 “Ingenuity: Tales from the Far Side” 9PM CT

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

What We’re Learning About Ingenuity’s Flight Control and Aerodynamic Performance

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Mars Selfie!

Waz Up

Moon Sweeps by Saturn and Jupiter May 3-5

Southeast, Before Sunrise

Earth at Quadrature

Mars at Quadrature

Space Exploration and Space History 

Perseverance rover team’s near-term science goals.”

Tiangong-1 falling to Earth


There is a new zero-g indicator, a stuffed penguin named GuinGuin, flew to the ISS on the Space-X Crew Dragon Endeavor.

Michael Collins Has Died

Former NASA astronaut Michael Collins, who flew on the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions, passed away on April 28, 2021.×360×360

SLS Core Stage Moved

Space-Related Birthdays

Michael J. Smith (astronaut) Apr 30, 1945 STS-51-L

Victor J. Glover Apr 30, 1976 Space-X Crew One, Expedition 64/65

Ellen S. Baker Apr 27, 1953 3 shuttle missions

Paul Lockhart Apr 28, 1956 2 shuttle missions

Jerome Apt Apr 28, 1949 4 shuttle missions 

Duane G. Carey Apr 30, 1957 STS-109

John Oliver Creighton Apr 28, 1943 3 shuttle missions

Scott Carpenter May 01, 1925 Mercury-Atlas 7

This Week in Space History



Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

1. Aquarius

2. Aquila

3. Aries

4. Canis Major

5. Cassiopeia

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

May 4

Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L25

Launch time: 1901 GMT (3:01 p.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 26th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L25. [April 27]



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 26]


Long March 7 • Tianzhou 2

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 7 will launch the Tianzhou 2 resupply ship to dock with the Chinese space station. The automated cargo craft will be the first resupply freighter for the Chinese space station. [April 15]

May 17

Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 5

Launch time: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the U.S. Space Force’s fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 5, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [March 26]

May 27

Soyuz • OneWeb 7

Launch time: TBD

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 26]

Check-ins or comments

At this point we should be reaching our 90 minute cut-off point, so NCS can decide whether to cut any of these topics due to lack of time.

9.  Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Brenda WB5OZL

Icy Clouds Could Have Kept EarlyMars Warn Enough for Rivers and Lakes

10. Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

You can use the website to find out what’s in orbit and

where to look during fly-overs

Tom can cover this one as well, otherwise follow the instructions below…

Net Control Note: Look for the highest magnitude and read those with highest point info.  As an example: May 20th is the next, good pass. 

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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