Month: June 2019
Three Canadian radar surveillance satellites ride SpaceX rocket into orbit
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fired through a dense shroud of coastal fog and climbed into orbit Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, deploying a trio of radar observation satellites to begin a $900 million mission surveying the Arctic, maritime waters, forests and farmland for the Canadian government.
Timeline of the Falcon 9 rocket’s launch of the Radarsat Constellation Mission
Photos: Radarsat satellites encapsulated in Falcon 9 payload fairing
Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Radarsat satellites
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:17:10 a.m. EDT (7:17:10 a.m. PDT; 1417:10 GMT) Wednesday with the Radarsat Constellation Mission for the Canadian government. The Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed back at Vandenberg around eight minutes later.
Photos: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on the pad at Vandenberg
Three Canadian radar satellites ready for launch from California
Newly-launched Russian telecom satellite relying on backup thrusters
First Falcon Heavy night launch slips to June 24
Trump criticizes NASA over his own administration’s moon program
In a head-spinning tweet, President Trump blasted NASA on Friday for its plan to return to the moon, a plan set in motion during a 2017 White House ceremony he presided over, and forcefully endorsed in March on the president’s behalf by Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the revitalized National Space Council.