Falcon 9 Full Thrust | PAZ & Microsat-2a, Microsat-2b

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) Rocket

Watch Launch Video 1   |   Video 2

SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) rocket as part of the PAZ & Microsat-2a, Microsat-2b mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Thu, Feb 22nd, 2018, 9:17 AM EST from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA. The status of the launch was Success with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

PAZ & Microsat-2a, Microsat-2b

PAZ is a military Earth radar observation satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for Spain. The satellite is owned and operated by Hisdesat. The PAZ satellite is equipped with an advanced radar instrument designed for high flexibility, and the capability to operate in numerous modes allowing for the choice of several different image configurations. It will be able to generate images with up to 25 cm resolution. Designed for a mission of five and a half years, PAZ will orbit Earth 15 times per day, covering an area of over 300,000 square kilometres. On its slightly inclined quasi-polar orbit, PAZ will cover the entire globe in 24 hours, serving both government and commercial needs. Satellite is sharing the ride with two small SpaceX satellites. These will test the technologies for the planned satellite network called Starlink, which will consist of roughly 4000 satellites providing space-based Internet around the globe.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

Helped launch FormoSat-5. Will now fly expendable on Paz & Microsat-2a, -2b.

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