Canadian satellites successfully launched into orbit

New NASA technology and science payloads will launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket later this month

New NASA technology and science payloads will launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket later this month

I was able to view the Space X Falcon 9 rocket launch this morning at 7:17 am from the Botanic Garden in Mission Canyon which was just above the fog.

A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with a preflown first stage is scheduled to launch the three-spacecraft Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) tomorrow from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX is attempting the secondary mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Landing Zone 4, which was previously called SLC-4W.

The Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) will map Canada's sea ice in the Arctic and the Great Lakes to help support commercial ship navigation and monitor environmental changes to help farmers maximize crop harvests. RADARSAT-2, launched in 2007 and still in operation, also regularly scans at 100 m resolution and can get down to 1 metre for its ultra-fine focused scans.

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CBS also notes the satellites will each take about 96 minutes to orbit the Earth and will take 250,000 images per year.

"Built by MDA, a Maxar company, the three-satellite configuration of the RCM will provide daily revisits of Canada's vast territory and maritime approaches, including the Arctic up to 4 times a day, as well as daily access to any point of 90 percent of the world's surface", SpaceX wrote.

The three Earth-observation satellites launched Wednesday will gather data for a variety of uses, primarily for maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring, according to the Canadian Space Agency. RADARSAT-1, launched in 1995 from Vandenberg on a Delta II, finally died in 2013 after exceeding its design life by over 12 years.

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