Skynet 7-9-22 “What is Starship?” & Constellation “Serpens, the Snake” 9PM CT

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Discussion Topic of the Evening.

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What is Starship SN15 and Ship 24?

Ship 24

Booster 7

Starship – Full Stack

Staging to Orbit

Starship Comparison to Other Heavy Lift Rocket Systems

Starship HLS Mission

Starship Mars

SpaceX Mars Base

Launch Stack

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

SMACS 0723: Massive foreground galaxy clusters magnify and distort the light of objects behind them, permitting a deep field view into both the extremely distant and intrinsically faint galaxy populations.

Motorless sailplane for exploring Mars soars like an albatross

NASA’s CAPSTONE Pulls Off First Targeting Maneuver on Journey to the Moon

Space-Related Birthdays

Harrison Schmitt July 3, 1935 Apollo 17

Richard Garriott July 4, 1961 Soyuz TMA-13/TMA-12

Robert Michael White July 6, 1924 X-15 Flight 62

Kevin A. Ford July 7, 1960 STS-128, Soyuz TMA-06M (Expedition 33/34)

Norman Thagard July 3, 1943 STS-7, STS-51-B, STS-30, STS-42, Soyuz TM-21, Mir EO-18, STS-71

Christopher Loria July 9, 1960 no missions

Terence T. Henricks July 5, 1952 STS-44, STS-55, STS-70, STS-78

John Casper July 9, 1943 STS-36, STS-54, STS-62, STS-77

July 7, 1907 Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction writer. Not an astronaut, but inspired many like myself to love space.

This Week in Space History

July 9, 1954

X-15 project begun. – . Nation: USA. Program: X-15A. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft: X-15A.

July, 1992

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 (formally designated D/1993 F2) broke apart in July 1992 and collided with Jupiter in July 1994, providing the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects.

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

“Serpins, the Snake”

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

July 10/11

Falcon 9 • Starlink 3-1

Launch time: Approx. 0100 GMT on 11th (9:00 p.m. EDT; 6:00 p.m. PDT on 10th)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with another batch of Starlink internet satellites. This is the first dedicated mission deploying satellites into a new Starlink shell at an inclination of 97.6 degrees to the equator. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from July 8. [July 6]

July 13

Vega C • LARES 2

Launch time: 1113 GMT (7:13 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega C rocket will launch the LARES 2 satellite for ASI, the Italian space agency. The spherical LARES 2 satellite is covered in laser mirrors to enable precise tracking from the ground, enabling research into geoodynamics and general relativity. This will mark the inaugural flight of Europe’s new Vega C rocket, featuring a more powerful first stage motor, an enlarged second stage, an improved liquid-fueled upper stage, and a new payload fairing design. Delayed from mid-2020 by coronavirus impacts. Delayed from December 2020, early 2021, April 2022, May, and June 2022. Delayed from July 7. [July 4]

NET July 14

Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 25

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its fifth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The flight is the 25th mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed to June 9, June 10, June 12, June 28, and July 11. [July 4]


Alpha • Multi-payload

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A Firefly Alpha rocket will launch on its second test flight with a rideshare payload consisting of multiple unspecified small satellites. Delayed from May. [May 24]


Long March 5B • Wentian

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 5B rocket will launch the Wentian laboratory module, the second major element of China’s space station in low Earth orbit. [April 20]


Astra Rocket 3.3 • TROPICS 3 & 4

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-46, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will launch the second pair of small CubeSats for NASA’s TROPICS mission. The Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats, or TROPICS, mission will measure environmental and inner-core conditions for tropical cyclones. Delayed from April and June. [June 13]


Starship • Orbital Test Flight

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Starbase, Boca Chica Beach, Texas

A SpaceX Super Heavy and Starship launch vehicle will launch on its first orbital test flight. The mission will attempt to travel around the world for nearly one full orbit, resulting in a re-entry and splashdown of the Starship near Hawaii. Delayed from early 2022. [March 9]

July 31

Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO 6

Launch window: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-097, will launch the U.S. Space Force’s sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 6, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from June 18. [June 14]

Check-ins or comments

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 

8000 kilometers per second: Star with the shortest orbital period around black hole discovered

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

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