Skynet 10-23-21 “Astronomical League Observing Programs” & Constellation “Lacerta, the Lizard” 9PM CT

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Astronomical League Observing programs:

Compendium of  Observing Programs

Observing Pin

Constellation Hunter Pin

GGC Observer

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

  • October 17, 1926: Karl Gordon Henize (STS-51-F)
  • October 17, 1933: Bill Anders (Apollo 8)
  • October 17, 1956: Mae Jemison (STS-47)
  • October 21, 1950: Ronald McNair (STS-41-B, STS-51-L)
  • October 21, 1966: Douglas Hurley (STS-127, STS-135, SpaceX DM-2)
  • October 22, 1933: Donald Peterson (STS-6)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Lacerta, the Lizard. 

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Oct. 23/24Ariane 5 • SES 17 & Syracuse 4A

Launch window: 0101-0330 GMT (9:01-11:30 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA255, to launch the SES 17 and Syracuse 4A communications satellites. Built Thales Alenia Space, the SES 17 communications satellite will provide internet connectivity to airline passengers over the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean for SES of Luxembourg. The Syracuse 4A spacecraft, also built by Thales Alenia Space, will provide communications services for the French military. Delayed from Oct. 22. [Oct. 22]

Oct. 25

Kuaizhou 1A • Jilin 1 Gaofen 02F

Launch time: Approx. 0620 GMT (2:20 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Taiyuan, China

A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A rocket launched will launch a small satellite to join the Jilin 1 Earth observation constellation owned by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. Delayed from Oct. 22 [Oct. 23]

Oct. 25/26

H-2A • QZS 1R

Launch window: 0200-0300 GMT on 26th (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT on 25th)

Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch a replacement satellite for Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, which provides regional navigation services over the Asia-Pacific Region. The QZS 1R satellite, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., will replace the aging QZS 1 satellite launched in 2010. The H-2A rocket will fly in the “202” configuration with two strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 25 by poor weather forecast. [Oct. 23]

Oct. 27/28

Soyuz • Progress 79P

Launch time: 0000 GMT on 28th (8:00 p.m. EDT on 27th)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 79th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. Delayed from Aug. 21. [Oct. 14]

Oct. 28

Rocket 3 • STP-27AD2

Launch window: 0400-0730 GMT (12:00-3:30 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska

A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will attempt to launch a non-deployable test payload into orbit for the U.S. Space Force and the Space Test Program. [Oct. 22]

Oct. 31

Falcon 9 • Crew 3

Launch time: 0621 GMT (2:21 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its fifth flight with astronauts. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, and NASA mission specialist Kayla Barron will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from Oct. 30. [Oct. 19]


Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-2

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. Delayed from mid-August. [Aug. 5]


Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-3

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with a batch of Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission is expected to deploy 51 Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit. Delayed from Oct. 17. [Oct. 14]


Epsilon • RAISE 2

Launch time: 0051:21 GMT (8:51:21 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

A Japanese Epsilon rocket will launch the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 2, or RAISE 2, technology demonstration satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Eight smaller rideshare payloads will also be on this launch. Scrubbed on Sept. 30 by ground station malfunction and on Oct. 6 by unfavorable upper level winds. [Oct. 6]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Field Guide to Hot Jupiters

Artist’s Rendering of Hot Jupiter

Hot Jupiter

Cloudy Nights, Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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