January 29 – February 4, 2018 / Vol 37, No 5 / Hawai`i Island, USA

Rocket Lab Launch / Possibilities; UnOOSA 55th; 3 Upcoming Launches

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Jan 29 — ISS, 405-km LEO: Expedition 54 six-member crew …  Christa McAuliffe experiments from 32 years ago to be taught by Astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold over next several months.

Jan 29 — NewSpace:

Jan 29 — Solar System:

Jan 29 — Galaxy:

Jan 29 — Global:

Jan 29 — USA:

Jan 29 — Hawai`i: Envision Maunakea

  Jan 27 – Feb 1 — Ad Astra Astronaut Observances: Space Memorials, Celebrations and Appreciations occur this week to honor 3 Astronauts lost in Apollo 1 launch pad test 1967, Challenger STS-51L loss of 7 in 1986, and Columbia STS-107 loss of 7 in 2003.

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for terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for international terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for space events, and…

= All times for international space / astro events in Hawaii Standard Time unless noted. Add 10 hours to obtain UT (‘Universal Time’).

Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Uranus (SW), Neptune (WSW); Morning Planets: Mars (ESE), Jupiter (SE), Saturn (SE).

Singapore SSTA, SGAC, and MIT EmTech Asia

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 Jan 29 — ISS, U.S. Extra Vehicular Activity #47, 405-km LEO: Expedition 54 two-member crew to perform 6.5-hour spacewalk for Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Canadarm2 Latching End Effector (LEE) B Removal and Replacement (R&R); starts 07:10 EST, live coverage available.

Jan 29 – Feb 2 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: ESA Satcom Final Presentations Days 2018: Technology, Products, Systems and Applications.

Jan 29 – Feb 9 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria: 55th UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) Scientific and Technical Subcommittee.

Continued from…

Dec 19, 2017 – Mar 6 — CNSA, Online / Beijing, China: CNSA collecting 20,000 digital messages from public to be stored in Chang’e-4 relay satellite launching May-June 2018 to Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange Point to support Moon South Pole missions.

NET Jan – Mar — CNSA, Tiangong-1 Earth Atmosphere Reentry, LEO: China 1st Space Lab to disintegrate during Earth atmosphere reentry; predicted to reenter between 43°N and 43°S latitudes during this time frame.

Jan 15 – Feb 16 — International Space University, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia: 2018 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program; intensive, five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary educational philosophy.

Jan 16 – Feb 16 — NASA, Online / Chico CA: Kickstarter Campaign: First to the Moon – The Journey of Apollo 8; to create a feature documentary film about Apollo 8 mission that brought back ‘Earthrise’ photo and the three astronauts that crewed it – Commander Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders.

Jan 22 – Feb 2 — Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan: 2018 ELSI Origins Network-Earth-Life Science Institute (EON-ELSI) Winter School.


Jan 30 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / SES 16/GovSat 1, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and government of Luxembourg.

Jan 30 — 2018 USA State of the Union Address, Washington DC: President Trump to give speech to Congress; will address range of issues, perhaps including Space Policy Directive 1, Human Return to Moon, National Space Council.

Jan 30 — Silicon Valley Space Center, AIAA San Francisco Section, Santa Clara CA: Tech Talk: Numerical Simulation for NewSpace and Beyond; at Hacker Dojo.

Jan 30-31 — MIT Technology Review, EmTech, Singapore: EmTech ASIA: The Conference on the Emerging Technologies That Matter.


Jan 31 — Global Space and Technology Convention, Space Generation Advisory Council, Singapore: Inaugural Space Generation 2018.

Jan 31 – Feb 1 — European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany: Workshop: Planning ESO Observations of Future Gravitational Wave Events.


NET Feb — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Proton / Blagovest No. 12L, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton Rocket set to launch Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite.

Feb 1 — Deep Space, Location:

Feb 1 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Kanopus-V 3 and 4, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Soyuz rocket to launch Kanopus-V 3 and 4 Earth observation satellites.

Feb 1 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2D / CSESJiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China: CNSA Long March 2D rocket to launch China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite – CSES (also known as Zhangheng 1), and several secondary payloads.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 15th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss: Commander Richard D. Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Clark, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon (the ‘1st Israeli astronaut’) and Astronauts: William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown and Kalpana Chawla (the ‘1st Indian American astronaut’ and ‘1st Indian woman in space’).

Feb 1-2 — Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Singapore: Global Space and Technology Convention 2018; alongside GSTC 10th Year Celebration Dinner; and Singapore Space Challenge 2017/18 Award Ceremony.

Feb 1-7 — American Astronautical Society – Rocky Mountain Section, Breckenridge CO: 41st Annual AAS Guidance. Navigation and Control Conference.


Feb 2 — ISS, Russia Extra Vehicular Activity #44, 405-km LEO: Expedition 54 crew members Misurkin and Shkaplerov crew to perform 6.5-hour spacewalk; live coverage available.

Jan 26 — Moon: 9.2° SSE of Pleiades, 08:00.

Jan 26 — Apollo Asteroid 2018 AL12: Near-Earth Flyby (0.21 AU).


Feb 3 – Mar 19 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 4 – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.