Skynet 6-18-22 “Artemus Program Components” & “Lupus the Wolf” 9PM CT

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The Artemus Program Components

From The Planetary Society

Apollo 12 Photo (1969)



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Lunar Landers

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Lupus, the Wolf 

Space Launches For This Week


Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

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June 18

Falcon 9 • SARah 1

Launch time: 1419 GMT (10:19 a.m. EDT; 7:19 a.m. PDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SARah 1 radar remote sensing satellite for the German military. SARah 1 is the first of three synthetic aperture radar satellites for the German military. It was built by Airbus. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg. [June 17]

June 19

Falcon 9 • Globalstar FM15

Launch time: 0427 GMT (12:27 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a spare satellite for Globalstar’s messaging and data relay network. Other unidentified payloads may be on this launch. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. [June 17]

NET June 21

Nuri • PVSAT

Launch time: 0600 GMT (2:00 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Naro Space Center, South Korea

A South Korean KSLV 2 rocket will launch on its second orbital test flight. The Korea Space Launch Vehicle 2, or Nuri, rocket was developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. The second Nuri launch will carry PVSAT, or Performance Verification Satellite, and four CubeSats. Delayed from June 16. [June 17]

June 22

Ariane 5 • MEASAT 3d & GSAT 24

Launch window: 2103-2243 GMT (5:03-6:43 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA257, to launch the MEASAT 3d and GSAT 24 communications satellites. Built by Airbus Defense and Space for MEASAT, a Malaysian operator, MEASAT 3d is a multi-mission communications satellite outfitted with C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band payloads for direct-to-home TV broadcasting and internet services over Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. GSAT 24 is a direct-to-home TV broadcasting satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. Delayed from April and June 17. [April 28]

June 25

Electron • CAPSTONE

Launch time: TBD

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

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, or CAPSTONE, mission to the moon. CAPSTONE will fly to the moon on Rocket Lab’s Photon space tug, entering a unique halo-like lunar orbit to test deep space navigation and communications in the same orbit to be used by NASA’s Gateway mini-space station. Moved from Launch Complex 2 in Virginia to Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Delayed from 2021 due to COVID-related issues. Delayed from March 2022. Delayed from June 6 and June 13. [June 14]

Late JuneFalcon 9 • Starlink 4-21

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with another batch of Starlink internet satellites. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Moved forward from July. [June 17]


SSLV • Demonstration Launch

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September and December 2019. Delayed from January and December 2020. Delayed from April 2021 and May 2022. [May 24]

June 28

Falcon 9 • SES 22

Launch time: 2104 GMT (5:04 p.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 22 communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. Built by Thales Alenia Space, SES 22 will provide C-band television and data services in the United States. [June 14]

June 29

Atlas 5 • USSF 12

Launch time: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the USSF 12 mission with Wide Field Of View, or WFOV, experimental missile warning satellite for the U.S. Space Force. WFOV hosts a new type of infrared staring sensor in geosynchronous orbit to detect the heat from missile launch plumes. The USSF 12 mission will include additional rideshare payloads. The rocket will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from April at the request of the U.S. Space Force. [May 24]

June 30

LauncherOne • STP-28A

Launch window: 0500-0900 GMT (1:00-5:00 a.m. EDT; 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. PDT on 29th/30th)

Launch site: Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California

A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will launch on its fifth flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The mission will be Virgin Orbit’s third operational launch, carrying seven small satellites for government agencies sponsored by the U.S. military’s Space Test Program. Virgin Orbit calls this mission “Straight Up.” [June 14]

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 

Martian meteorite upsets planet formation theory

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

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