Rocket Lab and SpaceX are planning to launch missions on Friday (April 1), and you can watch the double head of space live.
a rocket lab The Electron vehicle is scheduled to roll out two Earth observation satellites of the US company BlackSky Friday at 8:35 a.m. EDT (1235 GMT) from the Rocket Lab site in New Zealand.
About four hours later, at 12:24 PM EDT (1624 GMT), a SpaceX A Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, carrying into orbit 40 satellites for a variety of customers, weather permitting. Forecasts currently expect there will only be a 30% chance of good enough weather to take off, SpaceX tweeted on Thursday (31 March).
The first stage of Falcon 9 will return to a land Shortly after takeoff and landing on an autonomous drone stationed in the Atlantic, if all goes according to plan.
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The launch of Rocket Lab, dubbed “Without Mission a Beat,” will be the 25th Electron launch overall. If all goes according to plan, the number of satellites delivered into orbit by California-based Rocket Lab will rise to 112, According to the company’s mission description.
Rocket Lab is making Electron’s two-stage first stage reusable, lowering boosters for ocean splash and recovery operations on many previous missions. However, there will be no such activities in “Without a Win Mission”.
SpaceX is already routinely reusing rockets, and its Friday mission, called Transporter 4, will continue that trend. The first stage of Friday’s Falcon 9 flight already has six launches and landings under its belt, According to the description of the mission of SpaceX.
The two launches on Friday are part of a very busy and exciting day for space lovers. Friday also marks the start of NASA’s three-day “wet dress rehearsal” Artemis 1 The mission, which will use a massive rocket from the Space Launch System (SLS) to send an unmanned Orion capsule around the moon.
during the wet rehearsal, members of the Artemis 1 team will undergo several pre-launch procedures, including fueling the SLS. If all goes well with testing, Artemis 1 could start as early as May or June.
Mike Wall is the author of “AbroadBook (Great Grand Publishing House, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book on the search for extraterrestrials. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed. Follow us on Twitter Tweet embed or on Facebook.
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