Skynet 7-31-21 “Chaz Tells All!” & Constellation Ophiuchus” 9PM CT

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“Chaz Tells All!”

Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

  • July 25, 1932: Paul Weitz (Skylab 2, STS-6)
  • July 25, 1957: Daniel Bursch (STS-51, STS-68, STS-77, Exp 4)
  • July 26, 1949: William Shepherd (STS-27, STS-41, STS-52, Exp 1)
  • July 26, 1951: William McArthur (STS-58, STS-74, STS-92, Exp 12)
  • July 27, 1961: Daniel Burbank (STS-106, STS-115, Exp 29/30)
  • July 28, 1961: Scott Parazynski (STS-66, STS-86, STS-95, STS-100, STS-120)
  • July 28, 1970: Robert Behnken (STS-123, STS-130, SpaceX DM2/Exp 63)
  • July 30, 1954: Gregory Johnson (STS-123, STS-134)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Ophiuchus, the Snake Handler

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

July 30

Ariane 5 • Star One D2 & Eutelsat Quantum

Launch window: 2100-2230 GMT (5:00-6:30 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA254, to launch the Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum communications satellites. Owned by the Brazilian operator Embratel Star One, the Star One D2 was built by Maxar and will deliver telecommunications, direct-to-home television services, and fast broadband to customers in South America, Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Eutelsat Quantum satellite was built by SSTL and Airbus Defense and Space under the auspices of a public-private research and development project between the European Space Agency, Eutelsat and Airbus. Designed for coverage over the Middle East and North Africa, the software-defined satellite can be reprogrammed for new communications missions in orbit. Delayed from January, February, March 4, May, and July 27. [July 27]

Aug. 3

Atlas 5 • CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2

Launch time: 1720 GMT (1:20 p.m. EDT)

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-082, will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on second unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station. This mission was added after Boeing’s decision to refly the Starliner’s Orbital Flight Test before proceeding with the Crew Flight Test. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from 3rd Quarter. Delayed from Jan. 4. Moved forward from March 29, April 2 and May. Delayed from July 30. [July 30]


Aug. 10

Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-1

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch on the first dedicated mission with Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission will deploy an unspecified number of Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit. Delayed from July. [July 27]

Aug. 10

Antares • NG-16

Launch time: 2155 GMT (5:55 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 17th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-16. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230+ configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from July and Aug. 1. [July 13]


Falcon 9 • Starlink

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a group of Starlink internet satellites. [July 27]

Aug. 15/16

Vega • Pléiades Neo 4

Launch time: 0150 GMT on 16th (9:50 p.m. EDT on 15th)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV19, will launch the Pléiades Neo 4 Earth observation satellite for Airbus. Pléiades Neo 4 is the second 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 June and July. [July 27]

NET Aug. 20

Soyuz • OneWeb 9

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 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. Delayed from Aug. 2. [July 27]

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Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Scientists capture most-detailed radio image of Andromeda galaxy to date

Andromeda Galaxy Radio Image

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

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