This morning, SpaceX will launch its sixth Falcon 9 mission in 2019 out of Southern California and send three identical Canadian satellites to orbit. After start, SpaceX will try to land its rocket on a landing site next to the vehicle's starting point. If it succeeds, the second time SpaceX has landed its vehicle on the California coast.
The trio of satellites flying on today's flight is part of the RADARSAT Constellation developed by the Canadian Space Agency. Spacecraft is designed to drive nearly 400 miles up, where they will observe Canada's land and water, as well as the Arctic. The goal is to collect sea ice data in nearby oceans and the great lakes, as well as the changing ecosystems in Canada. Such information will be useful to many groups, including seafarers navigating in Arctic waters and researchers who want to understand the impact of climate change in the region. Satellite images from RADARSAT can also help with disaster relief.
SpaceX uses one of its used Falcon 9 missiles for the mission, a vehicle that previously flew the company's Crew Dragon capsule on its very first flight to the International Space Station back in March. After that launch, Falcon 9 landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships off Florida's Atlantic coast, but now it is ready to land on shore. The first and only time that SpaceX has landed a Falcon 9 rocket in California country was in October 201
Today's aircraft is scheduled to start at 10:17 ET / 7:17 PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SpaceX has a short 13-minute launch window, so the Falcon 9 rocket may start up until 11:00. 10.30 ET. SpaceX's launch coverage starts about 15 minutes before liftoff, so come back and see if SpaceX can hold another land landing.