Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Watch SpaceX launch Earth observation satellites at 10:17AM ET

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The primary launch window opens at 7:17 a.m. PDT, or 14:17 UTC, and closes at 7:30 a.m. PDT, or 14:30 UTC.

Little could be seen from the ground when the rocket lifted off at 7:17 a.m. PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, but that didn't matter to the three satellites tucked inside the Falcon 9's nose cone for the Radarsat Constellation Mission. Radarsat-2 was launched in 2007 and is still operational, but the new three-satellite constellation is created to greatly increase coverage, according to the space agency.

Previous launches at Vandenberg have provided a brilliant sight in the sky above San Diego.

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Once the 13-minute launch window begins, the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, which previously helped with SpaceX's Demo-1 Mission, will take off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, launch the three "Earth-watching" satellites into orbit, and aim for a landing attempt that will take place roughly eight minutes after liftoff and involve the first stage descending to Vandenberg Air Force Base's Landing Zone 4.

The Verge also reports the launch was SpaceX's sixth Falcon 9 mission this year.

"The RCM will support the Government of Canada in delivering responsive and cost-effective services to meet Canadian needs in areas like maritime surveillance, ecosystem and climate change monitoring and helping disaster relief efforts", they added. The booster will be refurbished for yet another launch, just as it was after March's mission. Its ability to recover boosters is a key selling point, since the company says reusable hardware helps reduce launch costs. The broadcast was telecast live on SpaceX's YouTube channel and it was a particularly interesting one - the base was covered in fog.

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