There are now ten new earth observation satellites flying into orbit.
The satellite took off today (October 28) Rocket Lab The electronic booster launched from the company’s New Zealand launch pad at 5:21 pm Eastern Time (2121 GMT; 10:21 am local New Zealand time October 29).
Nine of the 10 payloads are “SuperDoves”, which are shoebox-sized cube satellites manufactured by an imaging company based in San Francisco planet, It operates the world’s largest earth observation constellation. To date, more than 350 planetary satellites have entered orbit, of which about 1
related: Rocket Lab and its electronic booster (photo)
The vast majority of these satellites are CubeSat Members of the Dove family can distinguish features within 10 feet (3 meters) of the earth’s surface. These technologies control our ever-changing planet in many different ways and provide data to various customers.
Usually, Planet also provides particularly important images for free.For example, the company posted photos of the track, showing Iran’s missile attack on Iraqi military bases As well as capturing images of the damage caused by earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The tenth payload to ride into space today is EC-SAT-IIB, Weighing 78.3 pounds, CE-SAT-IIB is a 35.5 kg microsatellite manufactured by Japan’s giant Canon Electronics. The demonstration process of CE-SAT-IIB is “A medium-sized telescope equipped with an ultra-high-sensitivity camera can capture night images of the earth and small-sized telescopes suitable for cube satellites.” Today’s mission description, The company called “In Focus”.
All 10 satellites will orbit the Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an altitude of 310 miles (500 kilometers), a high position that allows them to view the Earth’s surface under constant sunlight. A representative of Rocket Lab said that the payload is planned to be deployed approximately one hour after launch.
“Focus” continues to enable Rocket Lab from Launch failed on July 4, Which resulted in the loss of five SuperDoves and Canon’s CE-SAT-IB microsatellites. The malfunction is caused by a single electrical connection in the upper part of the two-stage electronics, Rocket Lab investigators determined. The booster returned to flight in August.
Today’s launch is Electron’s fifth launch in 2020, and the total launch height of the booster is the 15th sub, which is 57 feet (17 meters) high.Rocket Lab program begins Recovery and reuse of electronics phase one The company’s founder and CEO Peter Beck said that relatively quickly, this change will allow for a higher frequency of releases.
According to the “In Focus” news kit, Rocket Lab has been testing the reusability technology on the recent Electron flight, but did not do so today. Here.
Today’s launch is scheduled for October 21, but Rocket Lab cancelled the attempt after noticing a problem with the oxygen sensor.
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