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SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich
Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

Launch Status
Success

SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich (Sentinel-6A; Jason-CS) mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Sat, Nov 21st, 2020, 12:17 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 4E Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA. There was a 80% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 5 and experience the excitement for yourself. B1063 successfully landed after its first launch.

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

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.

B1063 successfully landed after its first launch.

B1063 is a Falcon 9 Block 5 core.

Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4)

LZ at Vandenberg

Return to Launch Site (RTLS)

A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.