SpaceX aims for 3 orbital launches in 2 days, the first is already a success

They could be two really intense days for SpaceX, which not happy with having completed a new launch in the past few hours could try to carry out two more in the short term. In reality, the close frequency is the result of some delays that have led to a spacing of the missions below expectations, but which in fact denotes the improved ability of the company in the management of multiple commercial operations.

Let’s start with the first mission (SAR) CSG-2, which a few hours ago made it possible to place the homonymous Earth observation satellite with synthetic aperture radar in orbit. An all-Italian project that took off last night from Cape Canaveral at 00:11 according to our time zone, and which for the first time saw the use of a retrained booster from a Falcon Heavy. It was specifically one of the side cores, the B1052, which has been refurbished to be used as a single booster. The mission ran smoothly and the first stage was successfully landed back on the ground. Almost an hour after takeoff, the upper stage of the Falcon 9 successfully deployed the CSG-2 satellite in an orbit approximately 600 km above the Earth’s surface.

Another record for Elon Musk’s company, which has now proven to be extremely solid in the commercial aerospace segment. Here is the replay of the event, which SpaceX offered in live streaming tonight.

But as we have anticipated, it is not over here and in the next few hours two other missions could start. The first is a Starlink launch whose departure is scheduled from the adjacent Kennedy Space Center at 19.56 today. 49 units will be launched into orbit and also in this case it is a mission that has been postponed several times, and it is not excluded that it may be delayed again.

The second launch concerns NROL-87, a classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office whose departure is scheduled on February 2nd at 9.18 pm according to our time zone. Yet another Falcon 9 will depart from Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Due to the classified nature of the cargo very little is known. However, historically most NRO satellites have served similar purposes, including surveillance and reconnaissance targets for the United States, as well as testing new technologies. SpaceX has not communicated anything regarding any live coverage of the two launches, so we will have to wait for more information on their progress.


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