SpaceX Lands a Falcon 9 Booster For 59th Time, Deploys Satellites in Polar Orbit

Published on August 30, 2020

This is the fourth time that this particular booster has been landed. Also, this is the first time that anything has been put into a polar orbit from Florida in over 3 decades.

Space/Florida — A Falcon 9 rocket has launched the SAOCOM 1B mission that carried the SAOCOM 1B spacecraft into orbit while also ferrying to rideshare payloads to LEO (Low Earth Orbit), PlanetiQ’s GNOMES-1 and Tyvak-0172.

The mission lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station using Space Launch Complex 40. This mission is SpaceX’s attempt at reaching a polar orbit from the East Coast of the United States.

The booster landed successfully around 7:30PM Eastern Standard time. You can watch the livestream right here, comments are disabled.

SpaceX via twitter said, ‘Falcon 9’s first stage has landed at Landing Zone 1’ 10 minutes ago (at the time of this writing).

The SpaceX team took a 15-minute break from the live-stream to prepare for the deployment of the satellites. 60 minutes into the mission, the crew returned to the live-stream. These are some of the most advanced weather satellites that humanity has ever launched. These are microsats that weight about 39kg. Separation of the first satellite was confirmed T+ 1:01:57. The second one was confirmed to separate from the payload fairing at T+ 1:02:29.

The live-stream officially ended at 8:23PM EST.

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