Photos: Falcon 9’s fog-enshrouded launch and landing at Vandenberg
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
Canada’s MDA buys DigitalGlobe, reveals next-generation WorldView satellite fleet
The acquisition of DigitalGlobe, the owner of several commercial Earth-viewing spacecraft in orbit, by Canada’s MDA Corp. will combine two of the world’s leading radar and optical observation imaging systems into one globe-spanning network and give Space Systems/Loral a firmer foothold in the market for manufacturing Earth observation satellites, officials said Friday.