Cape Canaveral, Fla.. SpaceX On Friday (January 22) is preparing one of its veteran rockets to launch a stack of small satellites into space. You can watch the fiery action online.
A two stage Falcon 9 rocket The flight is scheduled to fly from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The liftoff is expected during a one-hour window that opens at 9:24 am EST (1424 GMT).
The 230-foot-tall (70 m) launcher has dozens of satellites as part of a dedicated rideshare mission. This cosmic carpool known as Transporter-1 will set up the company’s own 10 ferries. Starlink Satellite In space and depositing them in a polar orbit – the first for a growing network of broadband satellites. Other payloads include Satellite for 48 Earth-Observation Superdove Satellite And a small nanosatellite called “Charlie” for Aurora Insight.
You can do this Watch the launch action here And on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, or you can Watch directly from SpaceX here 15 minutes before liftoff.
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Friday’s launch marks the third mission of 2021 for SpaceX and the second from Florida’s Space Coast in just two days. California-based rocket maker launches a separate Falcon 9 Record breaking flight on Wednesday (January 20) to deliver a full stack of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.
The booster used on that mission became the first in a fleet of frequent fliers to launch and land SpaceX eight times. (The previous record was seven, held by two different first-stage boosters.)
After liftoff on Friday, the first stage of the Transporter-1 Falcon 9 rocket is expected to land on SpaceX’s drone ship “Course I Still Love You”, which awaits in the Atlantic. If successful, it will mark the 73rd recovery of the first-stage booster for SpaceX.
It will also mark the first catch of the year for the Veteran drone ship, which has sat out, reviving the previous two missions.
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The Falcon 9 rocket is also a four-time flier and record-setter for Transporter-1 launch. Known as the B1058, this flight-proven booster will begin its fifth flight and, if all goes according to plan, will be able to stick its landing at sea.
The B1058 made history in May when it launched two NASA astronauts – Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken – on the first crew flight to launch from US Earth since the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011.
Emblazoned with NASA’s iconic worm logo, the booster is also used for a communications satellite South Korean army, A batch of Starlink satellites and a Dragon cargo capsule The resumed mission for ISX for SpaceX’s 21st cargo.
For its next mission, the veteran will serve as a type of space uber, orbiting a group of small satellites as part of SpaceX’s rideshare program, aimed at small satellites by sharing a ride like an Uber pool. Has to help go to space.
SpaceX announced the program in August 2020, offering a $ 1 million pop ride on a Falcon. Launch slots are Booked through the company’s website And is offered at regular intervals approximately four times per year.
Rideshare missions are not new to SpaceX since the company launched more than 60 satellites from its California launch pad in December 2018. That mission SSO-A dubbedDelivered a small arsenal of satellites into low Earth orbit through a carefully choreographed orbital ballet, so that the satellites would not collide with each other.
Since then, SpaceX has carried other payloads into space on some of its Starlink missions. Those missions included Small CubeSat Satellite for Planet And black sky.
SpaceX’s two net-equipped boats – called Go Miss Tree and Go Miss Chief – will be part of the recovery team deployed for this mission. They will try to Recovering two pieces of rocket nose conesPayloads are known as fairings, as they return to Earth.
Dynamic Duo supported the Starlink mission earlier this week and currently has routes to the designated landing area of the Transporter-1 mission. (Each fairing is equipped with half parachute and board navigation software that connects it to a specific landing zone in the Atlantic Ocean.)
For the Starlink mission, the boats removed the pieces from the water and would probably do the same thing for this mission. This determination will be officially made on launch day.
Currently, the weather forecast Estimate 80% probability of good conditions As for the launch occasion on Friday, there is potential for dense clouds at the launch site with only weather concerns. Saturday is the backup launch time when needed. However, with the launch conditions slightly worsening, only 60% of good weather is likely.
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