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Live coverage: SpaceX launches rideshare mission with 51 small payloads
U.S. military begins launching satellites to counter hypersonic missile threat
The first 10 spacecraft for a planned U.S. military mega-constellation launched from California Sunday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, setting in place the keystone for a multibillion-dollar network of hundreds of small satellites to improve defenses against hypersonic missiles and other emerging threats.
SpaceX launch for SDA aborted at T-minus 3 seconds
Live coverage: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on first SDA mission
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:29 a.m. PDT (10:29 a.m. EDT; 1429 UTC) Sunday from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California with 10 missile tracking and data relay satellites for the U.S. military’s Space Development Agency. The launch occurred three days after SpaceX aborted the first launch attempt at T-minus 3 seconds to examine data from one of the Falcon 9’s main engines.
First launch for Pentagon’s own mega-constellation set for Thursday
Photos: Falcon 9 launches and lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base
International satellite launches to extend measurements of sea level rise
Photos: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich encapsulated for launch
Live coverage: SpaceX launches oceanography satellite from California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:17 p.m. EST (9:17 a.m. PST; 1717 GMT) Saturday with an oceanography satellite jointly developed by U.S. and European space and weather agencies. The rocket’s first stage booster returned to a bullseye landing back at Vandenberg.