Vandenberg AFB satellite launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket huge success

25 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Falcon 9 set to launch Taiwanese Formosat-5 from California

A Falcon 9 rocket launched on Thursday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, deployed the FORMOSAT-5 Earth observation satellite for Taiwan's National Space Organization and then landed its first stage on a droneship in the Pacific Ocean. The 42-minute launch window opens at 2:51pm ET. SpaceX reported no technical issues during the countdown, and foggy conditions at the launch site earlier in the morning partially cleared by launch time.

Formosat-5 is the first satellite to be fully designed by Taiwan's space agency and is meant to advance the nation's space technology and scientific research while providing global imagery with a wide array of uses ranging from natural resource studies to disaster management. SpaceX, during the launch webcast, declared the launch a success. It also carries an ionospheric science instrument developed by a Taiwanese university.

Another week, another successful rocket launch and recovery by Elon Musk's groundbreaking, Mars-seeking company, SpaceX.




But getting Formosat-5 aloft was the main point of today's mission. The larger, more powerful Falcon Heavy rocket is set for a demonstration launch later this year.

It's hard to believe it was less than two years ago that a SpaceX Falcon 9 landing was an elusive and unprecedented achievement. However, Spaceflight announced in March that it had made a decision to find alternative rides for those secondary payloads because of "significant" delays it expected in the Formosat-5 launch. The other six rocket landings have occurred at "Landing Zone 1", a SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Vandenberg's next Falcon 9 rocket reportedly is targeting September 30, with another 10 Iridium Next communication satellites ready to head to space.

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