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SpaceX launches rideshare mission, lands one other Falcon booster – Spaceflight Now

Dwell protection of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Area Launch Complicated 40 at Cape Canaveral Area Pressure Station, Florida. The Transporter 5 mission will launch 59 small payloads from prospects around the globe. Observe us on Twitter.

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Fifty-nine small satellites and hosted experiments launched Wednesday at 2:35 p.m. EDT (1835 GMT) from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The reusable Falcon booster returned to Florida’s Area Coast for touchdown about eight-and-a-half minutes later. The mission was the fifth for SpaceX’s Transporter smallsat rideshare program.

Climate situations had been favorable for launch from Cape Canaveral. Liftoff occurred eight minutes later than initially deliberate to permit extra time to finish thermal testing for the Falcon 9’s payload deployment sequence.

The Falcon 9 rocket headed southeast from Cape Canaveral, then veered south alongside Florida’s east coast to put the mission’s 59 payloads into polar orbit. The primary stage fired its 9 Merlin engines for two minutes, 16 seconds, then separated from the Falcon higher stage to start its return to Florida.

The primary stage pulsed chilly gasoline nitrogen thrusters to flip round and fly tail-first, then ignited three of the Merlin engines for a boost-back burn on the fringe of house to reverse course and head again to Cape Canaveral Area Pressure Station.

The booster prolonged titanium grid fins to assist steer the rocket again by means of the ambiance, then fired three of its engines once more for a re-entry burn. After slowing to a velocity lower than the velocity of sound, the rocket fired its middle engine for a ultimate braking maneuver simply earlier than a vertical landing on 4 legs at Touchdown Zone 1, lower than 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the launch pad.

The primary stage on Wednesday’s mission — tail quantity B1061 — made its eighth launch and touchdown. It debuted in November 2020 on a NASA crew mission carrying 4 astronauts to house, then launched one other 4 astronauts on a crew flight in April 2021.

SpaceX launched the booster once more final June with a radio broadcasting satellite tv for pc for SiriusXM, final August with a Dragon cargo capsule heading to the Worldwide Area Station, and in December with a NASA X-ray astronomy satellite tv for pc. The booster has now launched thrice this yr: Feb. 3 with 49 Starlink web satellites, April 1 with the Transporter 4 rideshare mission, and Wednesday on the Transporter 5 mission.

Whereas the booster returned to Cape Canaveral after Wednesday’s liftoff, the Falcon 9’s second stage engine burned about six minutes to succeed in a preliminary parking orbit.

After engine cutoff, a self-contained payload from Nanoracks inside a field mounted on the higher stage was programmed to start a 10-minute experiment to reveal metallic chopping in orbit. The Outpost Mars Demo-1 experiment included three small coupons of corrosion resistant metal, which a robotic arm will try to chop utilizing friction milling know-how.

Nanoracks says the experiment is a primary step in demonstrating metalworks in orbit, which may result in developments in house manufacturing and salvaging, together with the conversion of used launch car higher levels into orbiting habitats and analysis platforms.

The metallic chopping experiment was anticipated to finish about 20 minutes after launch, then was speculated to downlink knowledge and imagery to scientists by means of floor receiving stations. Nanoracks anticipated to know the outcomes of the experiment late Wednesday or Thursday.

The higher stage’s work wasn’t completed. One other engine firing occurred 55 minutes into the flight to put the satellite tv for pc payloads right into a near-circular orbit at an altitude of about 326 miles (525 kilometers), and an inclination of 97.5 levels to the equator.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on pad 40 at Cape Canaveral early Wednesday, hours earlier than the launch of the Transporter 5 mission. Credit score: SpaceX

Then the Falcon 9 started releasing the remainder of its industrial and authorities payloads.

The satellite tv for pc passengers on the Transporter 5 mission included the primary Vigoride orbital switch car constructed by a startup named Momentus, which is able to reveal a novel water-based propulsion system.

There was additionally a Sherpa switch car from Spaceflight, an organization that makes a speciality of brokering rides to house for small satellites, with its personal roster of payloads. One other orbital switch car from the Italian firm D-Orbit additionally separated from the Falcon 9 higher stage to conduct orbital maneuvers earlier than releasing a number of industrial smallsats.

Different payloads on the Transporter 5 mission included 5 industrial ICEYE radar remark satellites, every practically 200 kilos (100 kilograms) in mass. There have been 4 small optical Earth-imaging satellites from the Argentine firm Satellogic, rising its constellation to 26 operational spacecraft. The Transporter 5 mission launched three microsats from the Canadian firm GHGSat, which is deploying a fleet of small satellites to watch international greenhouse gasoline emissions.

There have been additionally three formation-flying spacecraft on the Transporter 5 launch for HawkEye 360, a U.S. firm constructing a satellite tv for pc constellation to detect and find the supply of terrestrial radio alerts. HawkEye 360 stated earlier this yr its RF monitoring satellites detected GPS interference in Ukraine as Russian navy forces invaded the nation.

Umbra, a startup based mostly in Santa Barbara, California, launched its third radar distant sensing satellite tv for pc on the Transporter 5 mission. One other California-based firm, GeoOptics, additionally launched two small satellites for its industrial climate monitoring constellation.

There have been 5 Lemur 2 CubeSats on-board from Spire World to trace climate, aviation and maritime exercise from house, help knowledge relay providers, host an optical payload, and take a look at radio frequency detection know-how for the UK Ministry of Protection.

The U.S. navy’s Missile Protection Company had two small tech demo spacecraft on the Transporter 5 mission to check inter-satellite communications hyperlinks.

NASA had two CubeSat missions launching on the Transporter 5 mission.

One of many CubeSats is known as PTD 3, developed at NASA’s Ames Analysis Heart to host a laser communication experiment from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. The Terabyte Infrared Supply, or TBIRD, experiment will take a look at laser knowledge hyperlinks between a small satellite tv for pc and a floor station, serving to show know-how that would permit satellite tv for pc networks to transmit huge volumes of knowledge a lot sooner than by means of standard radio programs.

The opposite NASA payload on the Transporter 5 launch was the CubeSat Proximity Operations Demonstration, which is able to reveal rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking utilizing two shoebox-sized CubeSats.

One of many CubeSats on the Transporter 5 mission additionally carried the cremated stays of 47 folks, a part of a industrial memorial service offered by Celestis.

Learn our story on the Nanoracks metallic chopping experiment on the Transporter 5 launch.

ROCKET: Falcon 9 (B1061.8)

PAYLOAD: 59 microsatellites, CubeSats, orbital switch autos, and hosted payloads

LAUNCH SITE: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Area Pressure Station, Florida

LAUNCH DATE: Could 25, 2022

LAUNCH TIME: 2:35:00 p.m. EDT (1835:00 GMT)

LAUNCH WINDOW: 57 minutes

WEATHER FORECAST: 80% chance of acceptable climate

BOOSTER RECOVERY: Touchdown Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Area Pressure Station

LAUNCH AZIMUTH: South-southeast, then south

TARGET ORBIT: Roughly 326 miles (525 kilometers), 97.5 levels inclination


  • T+00:00: Liftoff
  • T+01:12: Most aerodynamic strain (Max-Q)
  • T+02:16: First stage primary engine cutoff (MECO)
  • T+02:19: Stage separation
  • T+02:27: Second stage engine ignition
  • T+02:32: First stage boost-back burn ignition (three engines)
  • T+03:19: First stage boost-back burn ends
  • T+03:47: Fairing jettison
  • T+06:43: First stage entry burn ignition (three engines)
  • T+07:08: First stage entry burn ends
  • T+08:00: First stage touchdown burn ignition (one engine)
  • T+08:25: Second stage engine cutoff (SECO 1)
  • T+08:33: First stage touchdown
  • T+08:35: Nanoracks Outpost Mars Demo-1 experiment initiation
  • T+55:27: Second stage engine restart
  • T+55:59: Second stage engine cutoff (SECO 2)
  • T+59:00: GeoOptics CICERO 2 Automobile 2 separation
  • T+59:09: SharedSat_2141 separation
  • T+59:17: Spire’s Lemur-2 Karen_B separation
  • T+59:18: NASA Pathfinder Expertise Demonstrator 3 separation
  • T+59:37: Urdaneta separation
  • T+59:46: GeoOptics CICERO 2 Automobile 1 separation
  • T+59:56: Spire’s Lemur 2 Vandendries separation
  • T+1:00:05: Omnispace Spark-2 separation
  • T+1:00:24: Spire’s Lemur 2 Tennysonlily separation
  • T+1:00:47: GHGSat-C4 Penny separation
  • T+1:01:00: Planetum 1 and SPiN 1 separation
  • T+1:01:09: Spire’s Lemur 2 Hancom-1 separation
  • T+1:01:21: GHGSat-C3 Luca separation
  • T+1:01:38: NASA CubeSat Proximity Operations Demonstration separation
  • T+1:01:50: Connecta T1.1 separation
  • T+1:01:59: Spire’s Lemur 2 Mimi1307 separation
  • T+1:02:13: GHGSat-C5 Diako separation
  • T+1:03:18: Foresail-1 separation
  • T+1:03:49: Fleet Area Centauri-5 separation
  • T+1:04:04: MDA’s CNCE V4 and CNCE V5 separation
  • T+1:04:20: Satellogic’s Newsat 28 separation
  • T+1:04:42: Spaceflight’s Sherpa-AC1 switch car separation
  • T+1:05:28: Varisat-1C separation
  • T+1:05:43: AMS separation
  • T+1:06:07: BroncoSat-1 separation
  • T+1:06:35: Satellogic’s Newsat 29 separation
  • T+1:08:19: Satellogic’s Newsat 30 separation
  • T+1:08:40: First ICEYE satellite tv for pc separation
  • T+1:09:00: Satellogic’s Newsat 31 separation
  • T+1:09:22: D-Orbit’s ION SCV 006 switch car separation
  • T+1:09:44: Umbra separation
  • T+1:10:05: HawkEye 360’s Hawk-5B separation
  • T+1:10:26: HawkEye 360’s Hawk-5C separation
  • T+1:10:48: HawkEye 360’s Hawk-5A separation
  • T+1:11:17: Momentus’ Vigoride switch car separation
  • T+1:11:56: Second ICEYE satellite tv for pc separation
  • T+1:12:29: Third ICEYE satellite tv for pc separation
  • T+1:12:51: Fourth ICEYE satellite tv for pc separation
  • T+1:15:22: Fifth ICEYE satellite tv for pc separation


  • 156th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since 2010
  • 164th launch of Falcon rocket household since 2006
  • eighth launch of Falcon 9 booster B1061
  • 136th Falcon 9 launch from Florida’s Area Coast
  • 87th Falcon 9 launch from pad 40
  • 142nd launch general from pad 40
  • 98th flight of a reused Falcon 9 booster
  • fifth Transporter rideshare mission launched by SpaceX
  • twenty second Falcon 9 launch of 2022
  • twenty second launch by SpaceX in 2022
  • twenty second orbital launch based mostly out of Cape Canaveral in 2022


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