SpaceX Rare Falcon 9 lands, first California launch in a year and a half

A Falcon 9 rocket landed on a rare ‘land’ for nearly a year and a half as part of SpaceX’s first California launch, and the manager of a company that saw the “arrival of many interesting things”.

00 1200 kg (2600 lb) Sentinel 6A carrying oceanography and Earth observation satellites, a new Brazil 9 rocket (including Booster B1063) from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force Base (VFB) SLC-4E launches from the launch pad at 9 a.m. on schedule: 17 a.m. PST (17:17 UTC). Not in simple terms, it’s nothing short of unbelievable that SpaceX was able to launch the Falcon 9 on its first attempt from SLC-4E – and after nearly 18 months of inactivity, NASA was less of a customer.

As usual, the Falcon 9 performed smoothly, with the B1063 effortlessly assembling প্রথম 120-ton (0 260,000) in the first stage and the second stage, about 75 kilometers (~ 50 miles) before the spacecraft and payload firing stopped at the Sentinel 6. , And head back to the launch site. The second phase of the Falcon 9 continues to glow in orbit, igniting for about six minutes. After finishing the three-engine reentry burn and igniting it for the third time to burn its central Merlin 1D landing, the upper stage of the rocket landed on the Falcon 9B1063 SpaceX’s LZ-4 landing pad after it closed in orbit.

Forty-five minutes after the initial ‘second phase cutoff’ (SECO), the Merlin vacuum reigned, its pole burning for ten seconds to orbit the orbit and approaching the nominal operational height at Sentinel 6. The spacecraft was deployed a few minutes later from Falcon 9, wrapped up the mission and marked the 98th successful launch of the Falcon 9 and the completion of the 100th mission overall, as well as the SpaceX 22nd launch – a record for the company.

Now complete with Sentinel 6, SpaceX still has one more mission – the Starlink V1L15 – to launch early on November 22nd, possibly to close SpaceX’s first four-launch month. Additionally, back to the East Coast though the company has at least five more launches in December with reasonable launch targets.

Although SpaceX may launch about four or five potential West Coast missions in 2021, challenges posed by the coronavirus epidemic could push one or more of their missions into 2022. One step further, SpaceX has recently expressed interest in putting commercial missions aside. Regarding the launch of the Polar Starlink Internet Satellite as soon as possible, the FCC advised that dedicated Starlink launches from Vandenberg could start very well next year if the company receives regulatory approval.

In the end, it looks like SpaceX’s West Coast activities are virtually back and here to stay an unusual year and a half after hibernation (at least for now). Contact us for updates on the company’s next California launch.

The Falcon 9 has rolled out on SpaceX’s west coast launch pad – just as spectacular as ever. (ESA, ESA, SpaceX)
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