SpaceX has a launch scheduled right now from California’s Vandenberg Air Power base, at present focusing on a launch window of 14 minutes that opens at 7:17 AM PT (10:17 AM ET). The RADARSAT Constellation mission will carry a constellation of three satellites to low-Earth orbit, constructed by MDA to be used by the Authorities of Canada in observing Canadian territory and surrounding ocean, with the added capacity of having the ability to additionally present imagery from wherever around the globe on high of its main function.
The Authorities of Canada will make use of the brand new satellites’ capabilities to generate correct maps of the ocean ice current in Canada’s oceans and throughout the Nice Lakes to assist map and navigate these our bodies of water for business pursuits. The satellites even have receivers on board to assist them tag and ID any seafaring “ships of curiosity,” in keeping with the mission description. Different makes use of for the imagery captured by the satellites together with serving to farmers enhance yields from crops will decreasing vitality consumption, and helping with the dealing with of disasters together with wild fires.
The primary stage of the Falcon 9 rocket for use on this mission was flown as soon as earlier than – and just a few months in the past in March, when it was utilized in an uncrewed demonstration mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
At the moment, the spacecraft is vertical on the launch pad awaiting the launch window. A backup window is ready for Thursday, June 13 at 7:17 AM PT. The webcast above ought to go reside round 15 minutes previous to the raise scheduled for right now at 7:17 AM PT.