Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket and its payload of satellites Wednesday promptly at 7:17 a.m. SpaceX will try to recover the rocket with a landing back at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
With morning fog shrouding space launch complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Falcon 9 thundered to life at 7:17 a.m. PDT (10:17 EDT), its nine Merlin 1D engines throttling up to full power with a brilliant rush of flame. It also provided an interesting landing for the Falcon 9 booster as it returned to land at Vandenberg shortly after separation.
The so-called Radarsat Constellation Mission's three satellites will be used to image planet Earth in radio-wavelength light. The mission will send three Canadian satellites into orbit, where they will remain about 400 miles up in order to observe Canadian land and waters.
The satellites, built by Maxar Technologies' MDA division, are created to observe Earth from sun-synchronous orbit using C-band synthetic aperture radar.
The side boosters are expected to land at Landing Zone 2 and Landing Zone 1, the latter swept clear of the remains of SpaceX's unfortunate Crew Dragon.
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SpaceX released a blooper reel on Thursday, September 14, of its Falcon 9 rocket failing to land during testing.
Deployment of the three satellites was scheduled to be completed just over an hour after liftoff. The program's inaugural satellite operated from 1995 through 2013.
"Why is this important?" They have the capacity to capture an image of a given location on about 90 per cent of the world's surface, but they will be primarily used to keep tabs on Canadian territory for the federal government.
Such radar instruments will produce high-resolution, daily scans of Canada and the Arctic - revealing the status of sea ice, crop moisture and terrain features even when the skies are obscured by clouds. The RCM is also equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS), allowing improved detection and tracking of ships, including those conducting illegal fishing, the CSA noted.
Over the next five days, each satellite's solar panels and radar antenna will unfold and lock into place.