SpaceX launches India's first privately-built satellite ExceedSAT 1

04 December, 2018, 16:24 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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The launch was initially scheduled to take place at 10:31 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The launch has been postponed three times - once to accommodate additional pre-flight inspections, another time due to weather, and on Sunday to "conduct additional inspections of the second stage, according to SpaceX".

The satellites represented the work of colleges, universities, high schools, commercial operators, and even governments, coming from 34 organizations who hail from 17 nations.

Organized by Spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from 34 organizations and will be released into a "sun-synchronous low Earth orbit".

The Falcon rocket launch at Vandenberg has encountered assorted delays related to technical troubles and unfavorable weather since November 19.

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A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Monday, carrying a 64-satellite payload.

SpaceX made company history today by using its most-used rockets to send 64 satellites into orbit.

SSO-A was the first mission Spaceflight has filled a rocket entirely with its small satellite customers. In theory, B1047's second landing should by no means be the rocket's last: if Falcon 9 Block 5's first stage upgrades are as successful as they hoped to be, the rocket could well see a productive life of 100 launches or more between now and BFR's complete takeover.

Earlier today (Monday, Dec. 3rd), private aerospace giant SpaceX launched its Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. This time around, the retraction jig was visibly stripped and SpaceX technicians did not attempt any leg retractions. The company's fairing recovery boat, Mr Steven, tried again to catch the payload fairings as they returned to Earth, but was unsuccessful. This mission consisted of deploying Merah Putih - a communications satellite that included 3D-printed components to reduce weight and costs - to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). It will measure space radiation and keep track of stars' infrared rays for the next two years.

Among the satellites crammed into the payload stack was an Australian-built device that will connect remote devices to the internet, and a pair of SkySats-one from the US and one from Finland-that'll be used to track planes and ships. Spaceflight is expected to share updates about the remaining payloads. That will make it the largest single collection of spacecraft to launch from the US. British manufacturer SSTL also built KazSTSAT, an Earth observation satellite, with JV Ghalam LLP that has multiple experimental features. The agency is considering updating a set of 2004 rules, "seeking to keep pace with technological and market changes, and to incorporate improvements in debris mitigation practices", the FCC said.

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