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SpaceX posts uncut Falcon 9 launch and landing footage and audio

SpaceX has released uncut footage of one of its most recent Falcon 9 launches and landings, including unprecedented onboard audio from the rocket through all phases of flight. The rocket in question, Falcon 9 booster B1059, ended months...

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SpaceX to attempt first East Coast polar launch in half a century as storms loom

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SpaceX Conducts First Polar Launch from Cape in over 50 Years

SpaceX is targeting Sunday evening for the first polar launch from Florida since 1969. On board the Falcon 9 rocket is the Argentinean SAOCOM-1B satellite and two American secondary payloads. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40)...

SAOCOM 1B

Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Communications

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 40 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA Probability: 40%
B1059 - Landing Zone 1

The SAOCOM 1B spacecraft is the second of the two SAOCOM constellation satellites. It is tasked with hydrology and land observation, and will also operate jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management. Two rideshare payloads are present - Tyvak-0172 and PlanetiQ’s GNOMES-1.

Launch Infographic

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Falcon 9 Block 5

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

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Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.2 m
  • Launch Mass
    549 T
  • Thrust
    7607 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9 Block 5
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Block 5
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 Block 5
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $52,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    22800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8300 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1059

Status: Active


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: December 5, 2019
Last Flight: August 30, 2020
Flights: 4
Landings Attempted: 4
Landings Successful: 4
Previous B1059 Flights

Landing Information

B1059 successfully landed at Lz-1

Result: Successful Return to Landing Site landing at Landing Zone 1.

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 100 Failures: 6 Pending: 40

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

INFO WIKI

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Pad: Space Launch Complex 40


Long March 4
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Haiyang 2C
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Long March 11
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Gaofen-03-1
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Kuaizhou
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Gaofen-11-02
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Long March 2F
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Falcon 9 Block 5
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3 weeks, 2 days ago
Starlink 11
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A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Vega
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
SSMS POC
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The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, ...


Electron
Success
3 weeks, 5 days ago
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This return to flight mission is dedicated for Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand. Capella’...