SpaceX - FormoSat5 Mission patch.
August 24, 2017
Image above: After the rocket’s nine Merlin 1D engines pass an automated health check, the Falcon 9 is released from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Image Credit: SpaceX.
On Thursday August 24, at 11:51 a.m. PDT, SpaceX successfully launched the FORMOSAT-5 satellite from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Falcon 9 deployed the satellite approximately 11 minutes after launch, placing the FORMOSAT-5 payload into its targeted orbit.
Image above: The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage booster touches down on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. Image Credit: SpaceX.
Image above: The Formosat 5 spacecraft deploys from the Falcon 9 rocket’s upper stage to begin its five-year Earth observation mission. Image Credit: SpaceX.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Formosat 5 Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO).
Formosat 5 Earth observation satellite
The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing on a platform downrange in the Pacific Ocean.
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