Elon Musk’s vision for cheaper and faster launches is lifted to a higher level when one of his Block 5 Falcon 9 rockets blows out of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the morning. The Block 5 version of SpaceX’s workhorse rocket is designed to be reused up to 10 times or more without rebuilding. The specific booster that will be used this week was also launched in May (the first 19.59005 series
The load process on top of Falcon 9 will be crowded – it’s loaded with 64 small satellites from 34 different organizations representing 17 countries. Spaceflight Industries bought all space on Falcon 9 for a rideshare mission called SSO-A SmallSat Express, which the company says is the largest single rideshare mission from a US-based launcher so far.
University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Nevada Museum of Art, Korea The Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Capella Space Corporation are among the organizations that will have satellites aboard the rocket Wednesday.
The launch window is between 10: 32 and 11:01 PT. Booster’s historic third landing will take place less than 10 minutes later on droneship Just Read the Instructions, stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
You can watch the entire mission live via SpaceX webcast. We will enter the live feed here when it becomes available. Typically, the broadcast begins about 15 minutes before scheduled launch.
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