Falcon 9: RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM)


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For the Canadian Space Agency

 

RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM)

 

Date: NET June 11, 2019 
Time: TBA
Pad: SLC-4E Vandenberg AFB, California
Core: likely B1051.2 (Crew Dragon DM-1)
Recovery: ASDS (no RTLS because of seal nesting)

 

Satellites: 3 RADARSATs

Mass: 4290kg (3x 1430 kg), plus  dispenser
Orbit: 600km at 98° (SSO: 120° apart)

 

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The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) is Canada's new generation of Earth observation satellites. Three identical satellites work together to bring solutions to important challenges for Canadians. They monitor the environment, oceans and ice; detect ships; and support emergency teams during natural disasters. The satellites will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in spring 2019. Approximately 250,000 images per year will be used, that is 50 times more than the first generation of RADARSAT. The bus (the body) of each satellite is 3.6 m high, about the height of two average men, by 1.1 m wide. The antenna is 6.98 m wide. The total mass of each of the three satellites at launch is 1,430 kg (approximately the weight of a black rhino). The RCM will orbit Earth at an altitude of 600 km. The satellites will move at 27,200 km/h and take about 96 minutes to circle the globe.

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Unobscured Vision

After Starlink's launch (including the recovery, which was not expendable yet the heaviest one ever flown), it would appear that Falcon 9's are now ... overpowered. :yes: 

 

As in "Falcon 5's might be a thing ...?" kind of "we could use that instead!".

 

Neat thought experiment .... ;) 

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Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 1017 EDT (0717 PDT, 1417 UTC)
Recovery: LZ-4 (tentative)

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Beittil

Falcon 9 is vertical. Promise. 

 

 

Haha, gold. 

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DocM

Textbook, if a whole lot foggy. Nice views of it rising out of the fog bank. Start at 19:00

 

 

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bguy_1986

ugh.  I could have watched it today but didn't look at the start time!

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DocM

Almost missed it myself. Distractions, distractions...almost all bipedal 🙄

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