Skynet 11-13-21 “The First Flight of the Saturn V” & “Pegasus, the Winged Horse” 9PM CT

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

Flight of the First Saturn V

Apollo 4 on Launch Pad – Pre-Dawn


CSM stacked in VAB

Apollo 4 Block 1 Hatch

Interesting Facts:

Famous Interstage Separation

Repainted Saturn V

 Waz Up

Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

NASA pushes back crewed Moon landing to 2025 or later

Nelson revealed NASA was committed to a total development cost for Orion of $9.3 billion, which encompasses the period between 2012 and 2024, up from the previous estimate of $6.7 billion.


New Zero-g Indicator

Space-x Crew-3 has introduced its zero-g indicator, a sequined turtle named Pfau. She even has a tiny space helmet.

Space-Related Birthdays

Carl Sagan November 9, 1934 He would go on to become one of the most influential voices in astronomy, earning 22 honorary degrees from US colleges and universities and publishing over 600 scientific articles throughout his lifetime. His show, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, was the most-watched show on PBS for ten years.

Ronald Evans Nov 10, 1933 Apollo 17

Richard H. Truly Nov 12, 1937 ALT, STS-2, STS-8, former NASA administrator

Margaret Rhea Seddon Nov 08, 1947 STS-51D, STS-40, STS-58

Edward Gibson Nov 08, 1936 Skylab 4

Gregory R. Wiseman Nov 11, 1975 Soyuz TMA-13M (Expedition 40/41

Dale Gardner Nov 08, 1948 STS-8, STS-51-A

Mark T. Vande Hei Nov 10, 1966

Soyuz MS-06 (Expedition 53/54), Soyuz MS-18/Soyuz MS-19 (Expedition 64/65/66)  (Expedition 53/54), Soyuz MS-18/Soyuz MS-19 (Expedition 64/65/66)

Richard E. Lawyer Nov 08, 1932 MOL Group 1

This Week in Space History

November 9, 1967

The Apollo 4 (AS-501) mission launched from KSC in 1967 on the first all-up test of the Saturn V launch vehicle. The rocket’s 7.5 million pounds of thrust shook the spectators and buildings standing three miles away!

On November 9, 1961, pilot Robert White became the 1st person to reach Mach 6! He achieved this impressive feat in the X-15 aircraft.×360

November 11, launch of Gemini XII, carrying astronauts Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin. This marked the end of the Gemini program.

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Pegasus, the Winged Horse

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule


Epsilon • RAISE 2

Launch window: 0048-0059 GMT (7:48-7:59 p.m. EST)

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, then delayed to November to allow H-2A launch to proceed. Delayed from Nov. 7 due to poor weather forecast. [Nov. 5]

NET Nov. 9

Rocket 3 • STP-27AD2

Launch window: 0500-0830 GMT on 9th (12:00-3:30 a.m. EST; 8:00-11:30 p.m. AKST on 8th)

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. Delayed from Oct. 27. [Nov. 4]

Nov. 10/11

Falcon 9 • Crew 3

Launch time: 0203 GMT on 11th (9:03 p.m. EST on 10th)

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. 31, and Nov. 3. [Nov. 4]

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]

Nov. 12

Falcon 9 • Starlink 4-1

Launch time: 1231 GMT (7:31 a.m. EST)

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. [Nov. 7]

Nov. 15

Vega • CERES

Launch time: 0927 GMT (4:27 a.m. EST)

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. 30]

Nov. 22

Atlas 5 • STP-3

Launch time: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the STP-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The STP-3 rideshare mission will launch the STPSat 6 satellite and several small satellites. STPSat 6 hosts several payloads and experiments, including the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System-3 (SABRS-3) payload, and NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) experiment. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Feb. 26, June 23, and early September. [Oct. 6]

Nov. 23/24

Falcon 9 • DART

Launch time: 0620 GMT on 24th (1:20 a.m. EST; 10:20 p.m. PST on 23rd)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, mission. DART is NASA’s first flight demonstration for planetary defense. The mission seeks to test and validate a method to protect Earth in case of an asteroid impact threat. The mission aims to shift an asteroid’s orbit through kinetic impact — specifically, by impacting a spacecraft into the smaller member of the binary asteroid system Didymos to change its orbital speed. Delayed from July. [Oct. 14]

Nov. 24

Soyuz • Prichal

Launch time: 1306 GMT (8:06 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Prichal module to the International Space Station. Prichal, also known as Uzlovoy Module, will dock with the Nauka Multi-purpose Laboratory Module and be used as a docking port for visiting Russian vehicles. A modified Progress resupply craft will ferry the Prichal module to the space station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration. [Sept. 30]

NET Nov. 27

Electron • BlackSky 12 & 13

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 1A, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small second-generation satellites for BlackSky’s commercial fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. Delayed from September and October due to COVID-relayed restrictions. [Oct. 14]

Nov. 30/Dec. 1

Soyuz • Galileo 27 & 28

Launch time: 0035 GMT on 1st (7:35 p.m. EST on 30th)

Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designed VS26, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry two Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. The Soyuz-2.1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from mid-2021, September, and Nov. 22. [Oct. 19]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Near Earth Asteroid Could Be Fragment of Our Moon

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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