SpaceX will launch three next-generation observation satellites for the Canadian Space Agency on Wednesday (June 12), and you can watch live take off.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-planned first phase is scheduled to launch tomorrow the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) mission of three spacecraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The 13-minute release window opens at 10:17 am EDT (1417 GMT; 7:17 am local time in California).
You can watch the takeoff live here at Space.comcourtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the space flight company. There will also be an attempted landing: About 8 minutes after takeoff, the first stage will return to Vandenberg's Landing Area 4.
This booster already has a launch and landing under its belt. He helped send SpaceX's Dragon Crew capsule to the International Space Station last March. That the unmanned six-day flight, known as Demo-1was the first space mission of the astronaut by taxi.
RCM satellites represent the next stage of Canada's Radarsat program, which watches our planet in light of radio waves. Two Radarsat satellites have reached orbit the Earth to this day. The Radarsat-1 operated from 1995 to 2013, and the Radarsat-2 was launched in December 2007 and remains strong.
"Constructed by MDA, a Maxar company, the RCM's three satellites configuration will provide daily revisions of Canada's vast territory and maritime approaches, including the Arctic up to 4 times a day, as well as daily access to any 90% surface area of the world ", representatives SpaceX wrote in a mission description.
"The RCM will support the Government of Canada in providing responsive, low-cost services to meet Canadian needs in areas such as maritime surveillance, climate change and ecosystem monitoring, and aid relief efforts," they added.
RCM satellites will be installed in orbit about 600 kilometers from the planet, officials of the Canadian Space Agency said.