WASHINGTON – A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying Indonesian satellite communications, an Israeli lunar lander and a small US Air Force launched on February 21 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Falcon 9 escaped at 8:45 p.m. Eastern, deploying the Beresheet lunar lander 33 minutes later, and the Nusantara Satu telecom satellite with S5 experimental smallsat nearly 45 minutes after the rise.
SpaceX entered the first stage followers near nine minutes after liftoff on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You," in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the third mission for the followers, which first flown in July with 1
SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted after landing that the survivor survived the "Highest reheat up to date." Musk added that SpaceX will use the follower in the fourth hour in April for Crew Dragon in-flight abort test.
US manufacturer of satellite Space Systems Loral, a company of Maxar, purchases a Falcon 9 launch on behalf of its customer Pacific Satellite Nusantara, or PSN. While most Falcon 9 missions in geostationary transfer orbit carry one satellite at a time, the PSN seeks co-passengers to lower the cost of launching its Nusantara Satellite, formerly known as PSN-6. Space Systems Loral took that responsibility, which signed up with rideshare broker Spaceflight Inc. of Seattle, Washington, which then secured the 600-kilogram Israeli Beresheet lander and the Air Force Research laboratory of 60 kilos S5 smallsat.
The launch is SpaceX's second year, following the launch of January for the low-Earth-orbit satellite operator Iridium.
Israel went to the moon
The non-profit non-profit Israelis of the SpaceIL Beresheet split 33 minutes after crossing. The lander, whose name is Hebrew for "Genesis," began a month-long journey to the moon with its own function.
SpaceIL originally built the Beresheet lander for the Google Lunar X Prize, but continued with the lander after the competition ended in March 2018 without a winner for the $ 20 million award.
By reaching the moon, Beresheet will make Israel a fourth country to reach the moon, following the United States, Russia and China. It is also the first non-governmental spacecraft to reach the moon.
SpaceIL's mission for lander is to restore photos and videos, and to measure the magnetosphere. The lander will use a thruster from Norwegian supplier Nammo to reach the moon, and to make a 500-meter "hop" in another location over the moon. SpaceIL will run on the lunar landing April 11.
Israeli-owned Israeli manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries built the Beresheet lander. The company, inspired by the ambitions of the SpaceIL race, has developed commercial ambitions of its own about the month. Last month, Israel Aerospace Industries partnered with German spacecraft builder OHB to offer a lander version built for SpaceIL in the European Space Agency for commercial delivery of payloads over the months.
PSN connecting Indonesia
Nusantara Satu is 4,100-kilogram satellite communication with C and Ku-band transformers, mainly for broadband connectivity. The name of the satellite is translated into "One Archipelago," which refers to Indonesia's own country and main PSN market, comprising more than 17,000 islands. SSL built satellite with a chemical and electrical function. In an interview this week, PSN CEO Adi Rahman Adiwoso said the operator has rented nearly half a dozen different spacecraft and borrowed AsiaSat-3S, a nearly 20-year-old satellite from Hong Kong-based AsiaSat, to provide of communication services across Indonesia.
Adiwoso said that 70 to 75 percent of Nusantara Satu's capacity is spoken for half of it for the Indonesian government and about a quarter of other buyers, many of which will move another operator's spacecraft. He said PSN wanted the use of Nusantara Satu to connect around 5 million people through Wi-Fi hotspots by the end of this year.
The experimental Air Force leaves
The S5 satellite of the Air Force Research Laboratory travels to Nusantara Satu satellite near the geostationary orbit before deploying from parent satellite. The use of SSL is a technique used in a DARPA secret experiment last year that brought a tiny orbit to the geostationary communications satellite Hispasat-30W-6.
The S5, developed by Blue Canyon Technologies of Boulder, Colorado, is designed to study space in the environment, study whether low-cost satellites can improve the knowledge of objects in geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometers above Earth.