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SPACE X SAOCOM-1B mission - First Polar Orbit Launch


SpaceX has launched Falcon 9 Successfully into Space on Sunday, August 30 at 7.19 p.m.EDT. This launch is for SAOCOM 1B mission and also carried two rideshare payloads, Tyvak-1072 and PlanetiQ's GNOMES-1.


This mission was launched from Space launch complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX's first launch to a polar orbit from the East coast, and In past decades, this is the first polar launch from Florida.

Falcon 9 was already used to launch Dragon to the International Space Station, i.e., 19th and 20th SpaceX's commercial resupply mission and 9th Starlink mission also supported y Falcon 9. Falcon 9 has landed on Landing zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


After the Stage separation, SAOCOM 1B positioned on earth orbiter at 14 minutes approximately. GNomes-1 and Tyvak-0172 Positioned on Earth orbiter approximately 61 and 62 minutes after the launch.


Image of the SpaceX SAOCOM 1B launch pattern
SpaceX SAOCOM 1B launch pattern

The two small rideshare payload are Argentine built satellites. The two satellites are equipped with Radar image sensing instrument


The GNOMES 1 microsatellite is the first of a planned fleet of around 20 small spacecraft being developed by a Colorado-based company PlanetiQ to collect radio occultation data by measuring the effects of the atmosphere on signals broadcast by GPS, Glonass, Galileo and Beidou navigation satellites. The information can yield data on atmospheric conditions that are useful in weather forecasts.

Tyvak 0172 is a small spacecraft built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Details about its mission have not been disclosed by SpaceX or Tyvak.


 

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