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SARah 2 & 3

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Trajectory


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Mission


SARah 2 & 3

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

SARah 2 & 3 are two passive reflector antenna radar satellites built by OHB-System, based on the reflector-antenna technology of SAR-Lupe. They are part of the three satellite constellation being built for the German government as a follow-up to the SAR-Lupe radar sat constellation.

Location


Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E has witnessed the launch of 138 rockets, including 138 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 749 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 4E

Rocket


SpaceX 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.

Falcon 9 Block 5

Landing


Core B1075

Booster B1075 last launched 03/19/2024 and has seen 10 successful launches and landings. Falcon 9 Block 5 booster first used for the Starlink Group 2-4 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.

B1075

Agency


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 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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Torsten
Torsten
6 months ago

SARah 2&3 were built by OHB System

Manfred
Manfred
Reply to  Torsten
6 months ago

I can confirm that

Falc9Land
Falc9Land
5 months ago

Any odds this actually launches on Thursday 12/21/23 with the rain and thunderstorms?

Falc9Land
Falc9Land
5 months ago

Any odds this actually launches on Thursday 12/21/23 with the rain and thunderstorms? Is Hawk’s Nest Viewing Site at Cabrillo Hwy & Azalea LN the best place to see the launch and land?

SteveS
SteveS
Reply to  Falc9Land
5 months ago

I have only watched one launch (and landing back at LZ-4) and it was from Hawk’s Nest, was awesome! I can’t compare against the other spots, but I would recommend Hawk’s Nest. I recommend going a little early and take flashlight if launch while it’s dark, so you can walk… Read more »

Fac9Land
Fac9Land
Reply to  SteveS
5 months ago

Hawk’s Nest (CLOSED)

As of late 2022, one STG reader (thanks, gaplant!) said that this area is now closed with a security gate and guard. I’ve confirmed this with Google Street View.

Bummer

Brian
Brian
Reply to  SteveS
5 months ago

Does this mean that Hawks Nest is open again?

EJ
EJ
5 months ago

I thought there was a launch in Chincoteague this sat at 7pm

Edward
Edward
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
5 months ago

Thanks I understand