Five Launches Scheduled Over Three Days

Falcon 9 payload shroud. (Credit: SpaceX)

Things are about to get very busy, with four American launches and a Russian one planned over a three-day period beginning on Sunday, Sept. 27.

Here’s the schedule as it stands now. Schedule subject to change without notice. Wagering strictly under penalty of law.

Sunday, September 27

Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy
Payload: NROL-44 reconnaissance satellite
Time: 12:10 a.m. EDT (1610 GMT)
Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payloads: 60 Starlink satellite broadband spacecraft
Time: 10:43 a.m. EDT (1443 GMT)
Location: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Monday, September 28

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Payloads: 3 Gonets M communications satellites plus rideshares
Time: 7:20 a.m. EDT (1120 GMT)
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

Tuesday, September 29

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: GPS 3 SV04 navigation satellite
Time: 9:55 p.m. (0155 GMT)
Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Launch Vehicle: Antares
Payload: NG-14 — Cygnus International Space Station resupply ship
Time: 10:27 p.m. EDT (0227 GMT on Sept. 30)
Wallops Island, Va.

Maryland Focuses on Commercializing Space, Supporting Wallops Island

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (Credit: Jay Baker)

The Maryland state government is making a major effort to commercialize space activities. The effort will include:

  • building up and supporting the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS);
  • creation of a state development authority to coordinate policies and initiatives;
  • establishment of a space-related business incubator; and
  • development of a national center of climate and environmental information.

The actions are included in a new report, “Maryland: The Business of Space Science,” which was produced by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Officials are seeking to build upon state’s space assets, which include the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). These organizations have extensive expertise in the Earth and space sciences.