Sunday afternoon, SpaceX will launch surface & # 39; 64 small satellite by using Southern California & # 39; Falcon 9 rocket that the company has already done twice before. It is an innovative launch for SpaceX f & # 39; many ways. Not only is the first time the company will rocket to fly a third time, but this will be the largest group & # 39; spacecraft ever left on one flight from the soil & # 39; USA.
The massive share & # 39; ride was coordinated by Spaceflight Industries, a company that creates rides on rockets for satellite operators. Typically, Space on space will help the small satellites orbit by finding extra room to create a vehicle that is already launching bigger satellites to space. But this next launch Space, known as the SSO-A mission, is unique in that it reserved the Falcon 9 Spaceflight all back in 2015. And since then, Spaceflight been filled with & # 39; small synergy than 35 companies, schools, and artists from around the world.
"Usually, we buy extra capacity, and this is how we live up to the demand of our small satellite customers", tells Curt Blake, CEO of the group & # 39; of & # 39 services; Launching & # 39; Spaceflight The Verges. "And basically we had to move to a model where we're buying a vehicle & # 39; full deployment to meet that demand." Originally, 71 satellites planned to fly, but some of the operators were not ready at the time led to the launch.
It is not the first time that a large harvest & # 39; tiny satellites launched in all & # 39; sigh. In February 2017, Indian rocket launched -PSLV the record & # 39; & # 104 satellite at 39; orbit, and these enormous holdings have become more common in & # 39; in recent years. But pulling & # 39; & # 39 mission; this type is a large enterprise, which requires a lot of coordination with all actors involved. "The whole thing is super, super well planned, as you & # 39; imagine," says Blake. "Doing nothing & # 39; that many different satellites and many different procedures, to ensure that it all comes & # 39; together with & # 39; correct way – you really want to make sure that when all the different pieces come together. "
At the heart of Spaceflight mission is what is known as the stack of payment, which is a great device to host all the satellites in flight and then use them in space. The stack SSO-A is & # 39; about 20 feet tall and has more than 10 feet wide & # 39 ;. Flightflight explanation says that has been working on this stack for about two years now, and jfassalha for all customer needs. The main priority is to get each satellite from the pile at the right time so that they reach their intended orbits and do not go at each other in space. "It's a lot of & # 39; satellites are all tight b & # 39; in such a way that we have done hundreds & # 39; simulations, to ensure that m & # 39; there is no konntact when we send all these different satellites, "says Blake.
Has raised concerns about the possibility to trace all these satellites are deployed once the rocket. T.S. Kelso, manager & # 39; website that satellite track called Celestrak, argued that Spaceflight not provided adequate information on the sequence & # 39; deployment, you can & # 39; makes it difficult to identify what is that satellite. However, says Spaceflight been working with & # 39; The Machined Space Operations Center (CSpOC), which is responsible for tracking & # 39; US military satellites. Over the past nine & # 39; months, Spaceflight says coordinated with its customers and CSpOC to provide data on the timing of & # 39; each deployment.
"Journey & # 39; space is a strong proponent of & # 39; & # 39 stewards, space and operate & # 39; responsible manner", speaker & # 39; Spaceflight said in a statement. "We have a number of & # 39; simulations and tests to do everything we can to upload & # 39; loads b & # 39; successful on orbit. Once the payloads have been deployed, it is the responsibility of & # 39; an operator to make contact with & # 39; and follow the satellite. "
The payloads entering orbit on this flight are all quite unique. Satellite one will look at the color of the ocean to determine the health of the planet's waters, while others send algae space to see out & # 39; to make the space environment with & # 39; these organisms. In addition, there are a few projects & # 39; art. The Museum & # 39; the County Arts & # 39; Los Angeles sending gold statue & # 39; 24 carats in honor of & # 39; the astronawtur Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. B & # 39; in particular, the US will launch artist Trevor Paglen reflex orbital project – satellite will use a balloon to reflect on the length & # 39; two cars in the school space. The bladder is supposed to reflect the sun, seen as a strong point that moves the night sky. He did not find a good project with & # 39; many astronomical, who are worried about too sharp objects mucking up their observations of the night sky.
Regarding moving into space, the rocket SpaceX is using its most used s & # 39; now. The company is engaging & # 39; Falcon 9 rocket which went first in & # 39; May and then the second time in & # 39; August. After each launch, the rocket released on one of the ships & # 39; space & # 39; SpaceX ocean, to b & # 39; so you can & # 39; flown to space again. This rocket will be the first ever space rose & # 39; a third time. It is an effort made possible now that SpaceX is flying the final update of its Falcon 9 fleet, what's known as Block 5. This vehicle version was customized for reuse, making it easier to landed and then re & # 39; use the rocket once its mission is complete.
SpaceX plans to re & # 39; put the rocket again & # 39 others, after this mission another drone ship, so it is possible that the vehicle can & # 39; flying a fourth & # 39; time. The CEO & # 39; SpaceX Elon Musk states that any vehicle Block 5 should be able to rise & # 39; up to 10 times with & # 39; rejabilitazzjoni minimum needed between launches.
It took some time to bring SSO A mission & # 39; off the ground, as SpaceX had to reschedule again several times for extra weather and run checks on the rocket. But ultimately, departure is scheduled for 01:31 ET ET on Sunday, the 2 & # 39; December, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in & # 39; California. The coverage & # 39; the event SpaceX will begin approximately 15 minutes before departure.