This weekend is going to be busy SpaceX. The company will indeed launch three successive missions from three different launch baseswith the first launch taking place today, June 17.
According to the information, the first launch of the weekend will send 53 Starlink satellites in orbit from NASA Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A in Florida. This mission will mark the 13th Falcon 9 rocket flight which will be used. This will be the first time one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicles has lifted off for the 13th time. Take-off is scheduled today at 16:08 GMT.
the Saturday June 8another Falcon 9 rocket will launch from the Vandenberg Space Force Base which is located in California. The payload that will be sent into orbit will be a German Army radar satellite. Finally, the third launch will take place this Sunday at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station which is in Florida. It will be about sending into space a commercial communications satellite.
A rocket built to last
Until now, no other orbital rocket has been reused as many times as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle. When announcing the release of the Block 5 release of Falcon 9, Elon Musk said that it was designed to fly up to 10 times. But according to a report published by Aviation Week on June 10, the company would now have decided to fly the Falcon 9 launcher 15 times before retiring him. Today the company has 21 Falcon 9.
The other two missions
After Friday’s mission, SpaceX’s attention will turn to the Vandenberg base in California for the launch of the radar satellite Sarah 1. This is a German Army synthetic aperture remote sensing satelliteand which was manufactured by Airbus. According to the latter, Sarah is a new operational reconnaissance system which is composed of several satellites and a ground segment. It’s a new system that will replace the system HRH Lupe currently in service. SARah will have more advanced abilities and will perform better. Take-off will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. GMT.
SpaceX’s final launch this weekend will aim to send the communications satellite Globalstar FM15 in orbit. It is a spare satellite for the messaging and data transmission satellite network of Globalstar. The mission will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday, June 19 at 04:30 GMT.
If SpaceX succeeds in launching these three missions without a hitch, it will be the fastest succession of flights ever made by the company.