Watch Used SpaceX Rocket Will Launch 3 EarthWatching Satellites

first_img ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas SpaceX is launching three Earth-observing satellites for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on June 12 and the space technology company is live streaming the liftoff event.On Wednesday morning, a Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage will launch the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) from the California-based Vandenberg Air Force Base, with the launch window opening at 10:17 a.m. EST, Space.com reported. SpaceX will livestream the RCM launch on its YouTube channel.Once the 13-minute launch window begins, the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, which previously helped with SpaceX’s Demo-1 Mission, will take off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, launch the three “Earth-watching” satellites into orbit, and aim for a landing attempt that will take place roughly eight minutes after liftoff and involve the first stage descending to Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Landing Zone 4. According to the CSA, the RCM satellites will fall into an orbit approximately 370 miles above Earth.Falcon 9 and RADARSAT Constellation Mission are vertical on SpaceX’s California launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. After stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage at Landing Zone 4 → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/BZHkDW3gQT— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 11, 2019Wednesday’s RCM satellites are part of the next stage of Canada’s Radarsat program, which aims to conduct Earth observations from space, according to a RCM Mission description. These aren’t the first Radarsat satellites to head to space: Radarsat-1 took observations from 1995 to 2013, while Radarsat-2 began its mission in December 2007 and is still “watching” our planet.Falcon 9 and RADARSAT Constellation Mission have rolled out to SLC-4E. Tomorrow’s 13-minute launch window opens at 7:17 a.m. PDT, 14:17 UTC → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/CqTCQyHrPg— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 11, 2019“Built by MDA, a Maxar company, the three-satellite configuration of the RCM will provide daily revisits of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, including the Arctic up to four times a day, as well as daily access to any point of 90 percent of the world’s surface,” SpaceX wrote in a mission description online. “The RCM will support the Government of Canada in delivering responsive and cost-effective services to meet Canadian needs in areas like maritime surveillance, ecosystem and climate change monitoring and helping disaster relief efforts.”More on Geek.com:Watch: SpaceX Is Launching 60 Starlink Internet Satellites From FloridaSpaceX Conducts Static Fire Test for Falcon Heavy Megarocket Core FCC Allows SpaceX to Fly Starlink Internet Satellites in Lower Orbit Stay on targetlast_img read more