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SARah 1

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

SARah 1

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $52,000,000

First of three radar remote sensing satellite built by Airbus for the German military.

Trajectory

View the rocket launch trajectory, velocity, altitude, thrust and much more at FlightClub.io

Mission patch for SARah 1

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

704 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 549 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg

The Falcon 9 Block 5 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-05-11. Falcon 9 Block 5 has 121 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 121 launches. 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.

Landing

B1071 successfully touched down at Landing Zone 4 after its third mission.

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.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
4 months ago

I hope the launch is successful.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
4 months ago

Same here Aaron.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
4 months ago

Nothing like a ” top secret” satellite or three to keep the world at peace .
Fingers crossed for this launch and world peace.!

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
Reply to  Ken & Judy O' Neill
4 months ago

Peace is hard to come by these days.

Rick
Rick
4 months ago

Where will it land? Pad or ocisly?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Rick
4 months ago

The landing information will be available here when it is available. Keep checking back.

Kiks
Kiks
Reply to  Rick
3 months ago

It will return to pad. We are excited here in Lompoc.

Odin
Odin
Reply to  Kiks
3 months ago

Information above reads OCISlY

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Rick
3 months ago

We will consult with our data provider. I have heard the booster is supposed to land back at the launch site.

Tobywon
Tobywon
3 months ago

Is this an RTS?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Tobywon
3 months ago

Yes, the page has been updated.

Really?
Really?
3 months ago

Really wish more people were informed about how terrible private space companies are for the actual benefit of people. Look into it and consider the impacts this industry is having on local ecosystems and the overall planet.

Richard Stewart
Richard Stewart
Reply to  Really?
3 months ago

Probably a hundred thousand jobs connected with all this. That’s a lot of people feeding their families and keeping a roof and a bed because of this.

Jim
Jim
Reply to  Really?
3 months ago

Are you serious? C’mon, the planet isn’t going anywhere, we are. We will be long gone and this big, blue, beautiful planet will still be spinning around. Are we just supposed to shut down civilization or efforts to strive for the betterment of man to “save the planet?”

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Jim
3 months ago

Space exploration is about our best chance to save (us) and our blue planet by exploring the moon , mars, asteroids etc to mine minerals rather than take from the earth, after all the technology we now require to construct “renewable energy” products requires (minerals) and lots of them and… Read more »

Leo
Leo
3 months ago

Where’s the best view point there?

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
3 months ago

Another great launch SpaceX and not forgetting the 125th recovery and counting .
Great coverage regardless of the fog.!
Next launch please.