SpaceX gears up for Transporter-3 launch this morning

Elon Musk‘s SpaceX has successfully completed its Transporter-3 launch, firing a Falcon 9 rocket into space to drop more than 100 satellites before landing back at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Florida,

Liftoff took place at 10.25 a.m. EST on Thursday from Space Launch Complex 40 on the space station, and marks the second successful SpaceX launch of 2022 after the company sent 49 Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Jan.

This is the third transporter ‘rideshare’ mission, which released 105 microsatellites and nanosatellites to both commercial and government customers on Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an altitude of 525 km. NASA confirms space flight.

Today was also the tenth landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster.

The rocket took a rare southern trajectory, following the east coast of Florida and the second stage performed a ‘doggle’ maneuver to move toward its orbital inclination while avoiding flight over densely populated areas.

SpaceX owner Musk has not commented on the successful launch, but has retweeted footage of SpaceX’s launch.

SpaceX has successfully completed its Transporter-3 launch, firing a Falcon 9 rocket into space to drop more than 100 satellites before landing back at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Liftoff took place Thursday at 10.25 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 on the space station - the second successful SpaceX launch of 2022

Liftoff took place Thursday at 10.25 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 on the space station – the second successful SpaceX launch of 2022

This is the third transporter 'rideshare' mission, which released 105 microsatellites and nanosatellites to both commercial and government customers on Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an altitude of 525 km.

This is the third transporter ‘rideshare’ mission, which released 105 microsatellites and nanosatellites to both commercial and government customers on Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an altitude of 525 km.

The release is a delicate operation to ensure that the satellites do not collide with each other.

The release is a delicate operation to ensure that the satellites do not collide with each other.

back to Earth!  The moment the booster landed safely back at Cape Canaveral on the rare Return to Launch mission

back to Earth! The moment the booster landed safely back at Cape Canaveral on the rare Return to Launch mission

The second-stage rocket flew for 55 minutes off the Florida coast, before a final two-second burn pushed it into final orbit, where it deployed its 105 satellites within a half-hour span. The release is a delicate operation to ensure the satellites do not collide with each other.

The second stage spacecraft will be recovered from splashdown by Bob, one of SpaceX’s multi-purpose ships.

Meanwhile, it’s 162-ft booster, which separated from the second stage within ten minutes of lift-off, performed a boostback burn, followed by entry.

It landed back in SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 of Cape Canaveral in Florida, creating a sonic boom that shook the windows of locals and could be heard for miles away.

To destroy!  The rocket took off on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida as scheduled

To destroy! The rocket took off on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida as scheduled

The rocket took a rare southern trajectory, following the east coast of Florida and the second stage performed a 'doggle' maneuver to move toward its orbital inclination while avoiding flying over densely populated areas.

The rocket took a rare southern trajectory, following the east coast of Florida and the second stage performed a ‘doggle’ maneuver to move toward its orbital inclination while avoiding flying over densely populated areas.

Local residents were warned of the sonic boom ahead of time, but the boom is not dangerous.

An email from SpaceX, sent on Wednesday, read: ‘About eight minutes after liftoff, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida,’ the advisory said. ‘There is a possibility that local residents (and surrounding counties) may hear one or more sonic booms during landing.’

This is the first return to the launch mission since Transport 2 was launched in June 2021.

Usually payload missions prevent the first stage from conserving the energy needed for such a boostback burn, but transporter missions are generally lighter and have low target low orbits, meaning they can return at launch. And the drone ship should not be recovered.

It is a 162 ft booster, which separated from the second stage within ten minutes of lift-off, performed a boostback burn, then entered

It is a 162 ft booster, which separated from the second stage within ten minutes of lift-off, performed a boostback burn, then entered

It landed back in SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 of Cape Canaveral in Florida, creating a sonic boom that shook the windows of locals and could be heard for miles away.

It landed back in SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 of Cape Canaveral in Florida, creating a sonic boom that shook the windows of locals and could be heard for miles away.

Local residents were warned of a sonic boom caused by a premature landing, but the boom is not dangerous.

Local residents were warned of a sonic boom caused by a premature landing, but the boom is not dangerous.

This is the first return to the launch mission since Transport 2 was launched in June 2021.

This is the first return to the launch mission since Transport 2 was launched in June 2021.

SpaceX boss Musk hasn't commented on the successful launch, but has retweeted footage of SpaceX's launch

SpaceX boss Musk hasn’t commented on the successful launch, but has retweeted footage of SpaceX’s launch

SpaceX’s rideshare program allows corporations and governments to send a 200-kilogram payload into orbit for the relatively affordable price of $1 million, compared to a $50 million single mission.

The program gives customers affordable access to popular orbits such as Sun Synchronous Orbit.

On this mission, the Earth observation company Planet determined 44 superdoves satellites.

Planet says it ‘provides daily satellite data that helps businesses, governments, researchers and journalists understand and take action in the physical world.’

Clients include the likes of Norway which is using the data to study deforestation. The satellites will be added to their Skysat constellation.

The flight also launched a UAE nanosat named DEWASAT-1, made by the Electricity and Water Authority of Dubai (DEWA).

SpaceX's rideshare program allows corporations and governments to send a 200-kilogram payload into orbit for the relatively affordable price of $1 million, compared to a $50 million single mission.  Picture Falcon 9.  Is

SpaceX’s rideshare program allows corporations and governments to send a 200-kilogram payload into orbit for the relatively affordable price of $1 million, compared to a $50 million single mission. Picture Falcon 9. Is

The trip also included satellites from Kepler Communication, Capella Space and Umbra Space.

D-Orbit launches five CubeSats; Three for Poland-based SatRevolution, and the other two for Aistech Space and Check Aerospace Research Center (VZLU).

Florida’s weather was rated for launch at 77 percent, at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, but with upper level winds.

Launch slots on SpaceX’s Transporter rideshare service, which debuted with Transporter-1 in 2021, are available for $1 million each and can be reserved online.

Launch slots are available three or four times a year and payloads are limited to 200 kg.

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