Known as SAOCOM 1B, the Argentinian spacecraft scheduled to launch on Falcon 9 is the second in a pair of large Earth observation radar satellites, using an advanced form of radar to analyze vast swaths of the planet's surface.
SpaceX had, in fact, planned for a double launch yesterday, with two different Falcon 9 rockets launching just hours apart.More news: LSU's Ja'Marr Chase opting out of 2020 college season
With the SAOCOM 1B mission organized by SpaceX, the American company launched its 100th rocket.
The space company's Falcon 9 rocket flew up from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 7:18 pm ET, on the fourth outing for this booster. For the last five months, its first-stage Falcon 9 boosters have been returning to a SpaceX drone ship stationed off the Florida coast, but the flight trajectory of this particular mission will result in the booster coming down on land. In addition, a rocket optimized for equatorial launches was launched into polar orbit for the first time in 50 years.
"Standing down from today's launch of Starlink due to inclement weather during pre-flight operations". As two small satellites are launched along with the main satellite SAOCOM 1B, these satellites will be used to observe and predict natural disasters that could disrupt industries such as agriculture, mining and fishing. The next opportunity to get the Starlinks off the ground is Tuesday at 9:29 a.m. The AFTS is created to quickly terminate a flight if an impending catastrophic problem is detected.More news: Canucks fall short against Golden Knights, are on brink of elimination
Both SAOCOM satellites are on a polar-orbiting journey that will see them flying over both poles on Earth. The first stage even landed safely at LZ1 in Florida. SpaceX launched SAOCOM 1A in October 2018.
Bound for a 360-mile-high orbit, the $600 million SOACOM system is created to monitor soil moisture and a range of other factors affecting the agricultural sector, collecting high-resolution data around the clock regardless of cloud cover.More news: Netflix: Non-subscribers can stream hits like Bird Box for FREE