Several small satellites are scheduled to be sent to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that is scheduled for takeoff on Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The launch of the mission "Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express" is scheduled for a window between 10:31 and 11 a.m. from the Space Launch Complex-4E of VAFB.
The rocket is on track to transport some 70 satellites, including so-called microsatellites and CubeSats, from various suppliers around the world, including some US government agencies.
Spaceflight, a Seattle-based launch services company, configured the payload. By having the satellites together in a shared-trip configuration, the cost of the launch is shared among many customers.
Among the satellites that will be part of the mission will be the Pathfinder II of Helios Wire, an Internet of Things, or IoT, a connectivity company. The Pathfinder II satellite is planned to be the first of a constellation of 28 satellites that the company intends to deploy for global IoT coverage.
"This is undoubtedly a breakthrough for us and a fundamental component of our future constellation," Helios Wire CEO and co-founder Scott Larson said in a statement on the company's website. "We hope it will shake up in the way people think about IoT connectivity, in terms of types of applications that can be placed at the top of the network, specifically analytics and blockchain. We are very grateful to our team and our partners for helping us achieve this milestone and we remain focused on expanding our market opportunities and completing our next group of satellites. "
Officials at the 30th VAFB Space Wing recommend that members of the public wishing to see the launch meet at Hawk's Nest on Azalea Lane, near Highway 1, approximately one-half mile south of the main gate. VAFB.
The doors of Hawk & # 39; s Nest will open at 9 a.m. Monday, according to the officials of the base, and will be closed no later than 10:15 a.m.
"As a reminder, the public is asked not to bring or consume alcohol, or smoke, or have bonfires or barbecues," read a part of a statement from the 30th Space Wing. "Campers, RVs, trailers are also not allowed. Weapons are also prohibited [and] the use of small unmanned aerial systems within five miles of any active runway, such as Vandenberg, is prohibited. "