Several small satellites are being trashed to be sent to orbit aboard a space launcher 9 rocket which is scheduled…
Several small satellites are being trashed to be sent to orbit aboard a space launcher 9 rocket which is scheduled to lift Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission is scheduled for a window between 10:31 and 11:00 from VAFB’s Space Launching Complex 4E.
The rocket is about to carry around 70 satellites, including so-called micro satellites and CubeSats, from different suppliers worldwide, including some US government agencies.
The load load was configured by Spaceflight, a Seattle based launch company. By having the satellites together in a rideshare setting, the cost of launch is spread over many customers.
Among the satellites that will be included in the mission will be Pathfinder II from Helios Wire, an Internet of Things or IoT, affiliates. The Pathfinder II satellite is scheduled to be the first of a 28 satellite constellation the company plans to distribute for global IoT coverage.
“This is undoubtedly an exciting progress for us and a fundamental component of our future constellation.” Helios Wire CEO and co-founder Scott Larson said in a statement on the company’s website. “We expect it to shake how people think of IoT connection, in terms of application types that can be stored on top of the network, especially analytics and blockchain. We are very grateful to our team and partners to help us reach this milestone and We continue to focus on expanding our market opportunities and completing our next group of satellites. “
Officials with VAFB’s 30th Space Wing recommend that the public wishing to see the launch gather at Hawk’s Nest on Azalea Lane from Highway 1
, about half a mile south of VAFB’s main gate.
Hawks Nest Gate will open at 9 o’clock on Monday according to base officials and do not close later than 10:15
“As a reminder, the public is advised not to bring or smoke alcohol, smoke or have any open fires or grills” , read part of a statement from the 30th Space Force. “Campers, RVs, trailers are also not allowed. Weapons are prohibited, in addition, [and] it is forbidden to use small unmanned aerial systems within five miles from an active track, such as Vandenbergs.”