Hawthorne-based SpaceX will attempt again Sunday to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, probably giving the south land another impressive aerial light show.
SpaceX’s Falcon nine rocket is scheduled for liftoff at 10:32 a.m. Sunday from Vandenberg on a mission dubbed spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat express.
The rocket will be carrying not one, not two, but sixty four satellites on what was billed as a “rides haring” mission.
The launch has been delayed twice — once to accommodate additional pre-flight inspections and another due to weather.
Organized by spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from thirty four organizations and can be released into a “sun-synchronous low Earth orbit.”
“It includes fifteen microsats and forty nine cubesats from each commercial and government entities, of that more than twenty five are from international organizations from seventeen countries, including the us,Italy,Australia, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain,UK, Germany,Switzerland, Jordan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Kazakhstan, Brazil and India,” according to spaceflight Industries.
The mission is billed as largest dedicated ride share mission on a U.S. launch vehicle.
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Following separation, SpaceX can attempt to land the rocket’s 1st stage on a drone ship stationed in the Pacific.
Previous SpaceX launches from Vandenberg have created impressive light shows over the south land and the entire southwestern us.
On Nov. 15, spaceX launched a Qatari communications satellite into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission from Vandenberg will be SpaceX’s nineteenth launch of the year.
The company is tentatively scheduled to launch a resupply mission to the International space station on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral.