The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, of the company owned by Elon Musk, saw to the re-launch of the Canadian Space Agency’s Earth-monitoring Radarsat satellites program by the elevation of the three satellites from California. Vandenberg Airforce Base hosted the mist-covered launch at 7.17 AM, yesterday.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flew over the Pacific and performed its first stage separation mere minutes after takeoff. The boosters then returned to base and reached the landing zone with its legs extended. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule demonstrated its first stage capability in a March test flight.
The purpose of the three identical Canadian Radarsat satellites is to create images by bouncing signals off the Earth’s surface. These will track a vast number of things, including vessels, sea ice, surface winds, and oil pollution. The satellites, therefore, would observe the Earth and deliver data to the Canadian Space Agency.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Deployed A Trio Of Canadian Radarsat Satellites
Other tracking directives will be to focus on responding to disasters such as flooding and examining agriculture, forests and significant interests on land.
The design of the satellites has them orbiting the same altitude of 600 kilometers ( 373 miles ) while being separated from one another by a distance of 14.600 km ( 9072 miles ). They have the capability to make a full planet orbit in around 96 minutes. The year 1995 marked the first activity of the program by the launch of Radarsat-1, now inactive.
Radarsat-2 first saw active duty in 2007 and is still functioning at the moment. The Canadian program requires increased coverage, as evidenced by the three-pronged launch with a 7-year duty rotation. The new directive allows for area focus, as opposed to continuous imaging and is controlled from the HQ in Saint Hubert, Quebec. In short, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a trio of Canadian Radarsat satellites to the Earth’s orbit.
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