Cape Canaveral, Florida — SpaceX A veteran rocket is being prepared to launch dozens of small satellites into space on Tuesday afternoon (June 29). You can watch the heated action online.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket flight is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station here in Florida. The one-hour launch is expected to open at 2:56 p.m. EST (1856 GMT). You can watch the launch live here and courtesy of Space.com’s homepage. from SpaceX, or you can watch directly from SpaceX here about 15 minutes before your flight.
It sits atop a 230-foot (70 m) rocket launcher, carrying dozens of satellites as part of a dedicated ride-sharing mission. This cosmic bastard is called Transporter-2 It will be deposited in polar orbit, a rare launch trajectory for flights off the cape.
The sonic boom is expected to crack overhead as the rocket is difficult to return to landing (RTLS) landing points (SpaceX usually prefers to land most rockets on the deck of one of the larger drone ships). it)
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Tuesday’s launch marks a well-deserved opening evening. The Russian Progress cargo ship is set to blow off the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, its departure is scheduled for 7:57 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT).
The ship was packed with cargo and research equipment for the astronauts on the space station. After launch It will dock with the International Space Station two days later on July 1.
Today’s SpaceX Falcon 9 flight marks the company’s 20th mission of the year and the landing has peaked since December. The Falcon 9 veteran starring in this mission will blast off in its eighth launch and landing by payload. 88 small satellites go into space as part of the company’s second shared mission.
Targeted on Tuesday, June 29 for the launch. Transporter-2 The mission will launch 88 spacecraft into orbit and have more customers than SpaceX’s previous dedicated car-sharing missions June 25, 2021.
first time, It’s called Transporter-1.which was launched in January and set a new record for the number of satellites carried by a rocket, with 143 hidden within the rocket’s payload.
This task will not create any logs. But according to SpaceX, payloads on ships have more aggregates than on ships. Transporter-1 These payloads include satellites for the US military. as well as Earth observation satellites for companies based in Argentina and Finland. Includes a host of CubeSats from agencies around the world.
Following Tuesday afternoon’s launch, the first-stage Transporter-2 Falcon 9 rocket is expected to land in SpaceX’s Cape Landing Zone 1. If successful, it will be the 89th recovery of the first booster stage for SpaceX.
The company typically chooses to land a auxiliary boat on a large drone boat. This is because it uses less fuel to land at sea. However, for lighter missions (such as this one) or missions that do not go into high orbit The booster will have enough fuel to make the journey back. terra firma.
“Falcon 9 will fly along Florida’s east coast over the ocean and may be visible from the ground,” SpaceX said in a statement released Monday. The statement also told local residents that the rocket launch could create a sonic boom as the launcher returned to the landing site.
“It is possible that the occupants may hear at least one sonic boom during landing. But what residents get will depend on weather and other conditions,” the consultant said.
This will be the first RTLS of the year and if successful. It will be the 20th touchdown of the first booster stage at SpaceX’s pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Falcon 9 rocket for launch Transporter-2 A seven-time pilot called the B1060, this flight-proven veteran will embark on its eighth flight. And if everything goes according to plan will be able to land
To date, the B1060 has operated five different items. star link payload, upgrade GPS satellites for the US Space Force as well as a communication satellite for turkey.
for the next mission The veteran will serve as Uber in space, sending a group of small satellites into orbit as part of SpaceX’s ride-sharing program, which aims to help small satellites enter space with Uber-like ride-sharing. pool
SpaceX announced the program in August 2020, offering to ride the Falcon at a cost of $1 million a pop to launch payloads weighing 440-lbs (200 kg) on dedicated shared flights to synchronous orbit. Sun’s Cronus The opening slot is Book through the company’s website and offered periodically about 3-4 times a year.
The Rideshares mission has become old hat for SpaceX since the company began its foray into carpools three years ago, while the Falcon 9 launched more than 60 satellites into space from a launch pad in California in 2018. That mission. Dubbed SSO-AIt has sent a fleet of small satellites into terrestrial orbit using carefully designed ballet orbitals. to prevent the satellites from colliding
Since then, SpaceX has carried other items into space on some of the Starlink missions, those missions included. Small CubeSat satellite for Planet and BlackSkySpaceX’s third share-sharing mission may happen in December. If everything goes according to plan
Today, weather forecasters forecast an 80% chance For Tuesday’s launch prospect, with the only weather concerns being cumulus clouds and anvil clouds on the launch site. There is an alternate launch time on Wednesday if needed. However, launch conditions are slightly reduced to just 70% of the chances of good weather.
SpaceX’s newest contract ship is HOS Briarwood, an orange and black ship equipped with a crane as a temporary fairing salvage vehicle. SpaceX’s Dragon salvage fleet is now preparing for the return of the CRS-22 Cargo Dragon auxiliary ship. By leaving the fairing pull to the new kid on the block.
HOS Briarwood has one successful recovery under its belt going into Tuesday’s mission and, with luck, will continue to streak.
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