SpaceX launches satellites for Canada

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday

Evenly spaced around the planet in a 373-mile-high polar orbit, the satellites will complete one trip around the planet every 96 minutes, beaming back 250,000 images per year and flying over the same point on the ground every four days.

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

SpaceX released a blooper reel on Thursday, September 14, of its Falcon 9 rocket failing to land during testing.

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, June 12 for launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

On Wednesday, the reusable rocket blasted-off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base with a payload featuring three Canadian Space Agency satellites.

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The third mission, dubbed the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), ups the ante by sending three satellites up simultaneously.

It is worth noting that this flight was the first stage of the launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 second: in March, she was involved in the launch of the Crew Dragon.

The satellites were launched by the Canadian space Agency.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission is Canada's newest generation of radar Earth observation satellites that will contribute to a better understanding of Canada's land and natural resources. They have the capacity to capture an image of a given location on about 90 per cent of the world's surface, but they will be primarily used to keep tabs on Canadian territory for the federal government. 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. While the satellites are expected to see usage for ecosystem monitoring, agriculture and disaster relief efforts, the inclusion of an Automated Identification System (AIS) for ships will also improve the tracking of vessels of interest.

"The (RADARSAT) spacecraft are meant to operate almost 400 miles up, where they will observe Canada's land and waters, as well as the Arctic".

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