(Update: Launched) SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch Bandwagon-1 mission to orbit on Sunday

Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 08-04-2024 09:47 IST | Created: 06-04-2024 15:58 IST
(Update: Launched) SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch Bandwagon-1 mission to orbit on Sunday
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SpaceX is gearing up to launch Bandwagon-1, a dedicated ridesharing mission carrying multiple payloads to mid-inclination orbit on Sunday, April 7. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the payloads is scheduled to lift off at 7:16 p.m. ET from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The rocket will carry 11 spacecraft including KOREA's 425Sat, HawkEye 360’s Clusters 8 & 9, Tyvak International’s CENTAURI-6, iQPS’s QPS-SAR-7 TSUKUYOMI-II, Capella Space’s Capella-14, and Tata Advanced Systems Limited’s TSAT-1A.

The first stage booster of this particular Falcon 9 has been used in 13 previous missions including SES-22, ispace's HAKUTO-R MISSION 1, Amazonas-6, CRS-27, and nine Starlink missions.

Following stage separation, SpaceX plans to land the first stage booster at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station,

The live webcast of the Bandwagon-1 mission will be available on SpaceX's X account about 10 minutes before liftoff.

Update 1

Falcon 9 successfully launched Bandwagon-1 - SpaceX's first dedicated rideshare mission to a mid-inclination orbit, which offers a higher revisit rate - the time between flyovers of the same point is faster than what is seen with other orbits, SpaceX tweeted on Sunday.

To date, SpaceX's Rideshare program has launched nearly 1,000 small satellites for more than 130 customers, providing greater access to space for small satellite operators around the world.

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