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Tech & ScienceSpaceX pulls off dazzling Falcon 9 launch and landing in thick fog

12:20  13 june  2019
12:20  13 june  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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This is a replay of the launch broadcast, which ended earlier today. Launch time: 1417 GMT (10:17 a.m. EDT; 7:17 a.m. PDT) Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg

On December 21, 2015, SpaceX 's Falcon 9 delivered 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit and landed the first stage of the rocket back on land . Music: Absolution

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

Lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX on Wednesday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, containing the Canadian Space Agency's Radarsat trio of Earth observation satellites. The broadcast was telecast live on SpaceX's YouTube channel and it was a particularly interesting one -- the base was covered in fog.

That provided a wonderful image of the Falcon 9 bursting through the layer of fog as it ascended to orbit (above). It also provided an interesting landing for the Falcon 9 booster as it returned to land at Vandenberg shortly after separation.

If you missed it as it happened, you can watch a replay of the launch below.

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Canada's three Radarsat satellites, shaped like old rubber stamps, will gather data about the nation's coasts and waterways to help ships navigate the Arctic, provide agriculture solutions and help first responders save lives, according to the agency. The dimensions of the satellites are such that they're almost as big as a Tesla Roadster , but they're only half as heavy. Eventually the satellites will settle into an orbit around 600 kilometers (around 370 miles) above the Earth.

SpaceX pulls off dazzling Falcon 9 launch and landing in thick fog © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. spacexfog

For SpaceX, it's another flight for the Falcon 9 rocket, which delivered the Crew Dragon to the International Space Station in March. The first stage booster successfully returned to land at Vandenberg after separation.

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SpaceX aced another Falcon 9 launch and a successful landing of its first stage rockets this morning, again demonstrating its reusable spacecraft technology despite heavy fog making conditions less than easy. The sixth Falcon 9 mission to operate in 2019 alone, the launch was to take three RADARSAT

The company also landed its Falcon 9 rocket on one of its drone ships following liftoff, bringing its total number of successful booster landings to 31. SpaceX is launching Es’hail-2 out of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The company has a launch window that lasts from 3:46PM

After the Radarsat mission, SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy for the third time on the STP-2 mission. That's scheduled to take place on June 24 (with a backup launch window on June 25). It's regarded as one of the most challenging launches in SpaceX history and will be attempting to deploy a suite of satellites into orbit for the Department of Defense. It'll also be carrying the Planetary Society's experimental solar sail, LightSail 2.

Provided the Falcon Heavy core can be recovered in that mission, it'll be the first such success for SpaceX, which was unable to keep the core from toppling over in rough seas during the Arabsat mission.

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