Discussion Topic of the Evening.
This is information was taken primarily from an article from the website EarthSky.org
I also used a website page from the Old Farmer’s Alamac:
Space Exploration and Space History
Space Exploration News
Blue Origin, Boeing and others join Sierra Space to build commercial space station
Solar wing jammed on NASA spacecraft chasing asteroids
Rusty Schweickart Oct 25, 1935 Apollo 9
Robert L. Gibson 30-Oct-1946 STS-41-B, STS-61-C, STS-27, STS-47, STS-71
Zena Cardman Oct 26, 1988 No flights.
Stephen Robinson Oct 26, 1955 STS-85, STS-95, STS-114, STS-130
Terry Hart Oct 27, 1946 STS-41-C
Sandra Magnus Oct 30, 1964 STS-112, STS-126/119 (Expedition 18), STS-135
Susan Kilrain Oct 24, 1961 STS-83, STS-94
Ronald J. Garan Jr. Oct 30, 1961 STS-124, Soyuz TMA-21(Expedition 27/28
Steven R. Nagel Oct 27, 1946 STS-51-G, STS-61-A, STS-37, STS-55
Michael A. Baker Oct 27, 1953 STS-43, STS-52, STS-68, STS-81
This Week in Space History
October 24, 1946 first photo of Earth taken above the von Karman line from a US Army V-2 launched from White Sands, New Mexico; altitude 65 miles.
October 24, 1968 – last flight of the X-15, piloted by Bill Dana
Oct 29, 1998 – John Glenn returns to space.
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Aquarius, the Water Bearer.
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches
Space Flight Now Launch Schedule
Check-ins or comments
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]
Vega • CERES
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV20, will launch three CERES signals intelligence satellites for the French military. The three small satellites were built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space. [Oct. 19]
NET Nov. 10/11
Electron • BlackSky 10 & 11
Launch time: 0425 GMT on 11th (11:25 p.m. EST on 10th)
Launch site: Launch Complex 1A, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for BlackSky’s commercial fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. Rocket Lab has nicknamed this mission “Love At First Insight.” Delayed from late August, September, and October due to COVID-related restrictions. [Oct. 23]
Falcon 9 • CSG 2
Launch time: 2311:12 GMT (6:11:12 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation, or CSG 2, radar surveillance satellite for ASI, the Italian space agency. The spacecraft was built by Thales Alenia Space. [Oct. 6]
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.
Recent Astronomical Discoveries
Astronomers may have discovered a planet outside of our galaxy
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
All times are “local” (Dallas) time.
Hubble Space Telescope