SpaceX pulls off dazzling Falcon 9 launch and landing in thick fog

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On Wednesday, the reusable rocket blasted-off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base with a payload featuring three Canadian Space Agency satellites.

Three satellites for the Canadian Space Agency's Earth-monitoring Radarsat program have been deployed into orbit after they were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Falcon 9 lifted off from the coastal base northwest of Los Angeles at 7:17 a.m. and a few minutes later its first stage returned and successfully landed.

It is worth noting that this flight was the first stage of the launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 second: in March, she was involved in the launch of the Crew Dragon.

SpaceX is attempting the secondary mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Landing Zone 4, which was previously called SLC-4W.

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I was able to view the Space X Falcon 9 rocket launch this morning at 7:17 am from the Botanic Garden in Mission Canyon which was just above the fog.

The satellites, built by Maxar Technologies' MDA division, are created to observe Earth from sun-synchronous orbit using C-band synthetic aperture radar. The three RCM satellites were successfully released one at a time starting about 54 minutes after liftoff. Satellite imagery from RADARSAT could also help with disaster relief.

"Why is this important?"

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) is Canada's newest generation of radar Earth observation satellites that will contribute to a better understanding of Canada's land and natural resources. The first is maritime surveillance of the North Atlantic, Arctic and Great Lakes, which involves monitoring sea ice, surface wind, oil pollution and the movement of vessels to aid navigation and the commercial shipping industry. The RCM is also equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS), allowing improved detection and tracking of ships, including those conducting illegal fishing, the CSA noted. Tests and checkout will take another three to six months before routine operations begin.



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