The first stage for the RADARSAT Constellation mission previously supported Crew Dragon's first demonstration mission in March 2019.
SpaceX on Wednesday is scheduled to launch a trio of satellites for the Canadian government. Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage will return to land on SpaceX's Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
SpaceX is set to launch its RADARSAT Constellation Mission today, on June 12 out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
US private space company SpaceX plans to launch Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday morning, as indicated by a news arrival of SpaceX.
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Almost all of the company's attempts to land on solid ground have been successful, except for the one that missed its pad in Florida and ended up in the ocean.
The Falcon 9 booster blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday.
A sonic boom is a brief thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft or other vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound.
Working together, the RADARSAT satellites-built by Vancouver-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a subsidiary of Colorado firm Maxar Technologies-will monitor Canada's vast territory and the surrounding oceans daily, taking hundreds of thousands of images every year.
An official says the first images are expected in the coming weeks and the satellites will serve a wide range of purposes, including monitoring sea ice, maritime surveillance, disaster management and agricultural and forestry management.
The program's first orbiter, Radarsat-1, was launched in 1995 and is now inactive.