Published: Fri, August 25, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Far out! Space X successfully launches another rocket- and lands it!

Far out! Space X successfully launches another rocket- and lands it!

NSPO awarded the launch contract for Formosat-5 to SpaceX in 2010, at the time intending to launch the spacecraft on SpaceX's smaller Falcon 1 rocket. The rocket took off from SpaceX's launch facility 4E at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base as planned, carrying the NSPO's FORMOSAT-5 satellite to orbit, where it was deployed successfully. The event will be streamed live.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a Taiwanese Earth-observation satellite today (Aug. 24) and then came back down for a pinpoint landing on a ship at sea.

The rocket's only payload, the Formosat-5 remote sensing satellite, separated from the upper stage a little more than 11 minutes after launch.

Less than 11 minutes after launch, the first stage set down on the vessel, the latest success in SpaceX's drive for reusability. The Falcon 9's mission-launch FORMOSAT-5 satellite into space.

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SpaceX launched the satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly before noon.

But getting Formosat-5 aloft was the main point of today's mission. It will open at 10:30 a.m. and close right before the launch.

The Earth-observing Formosat-5 satellite, which cost about $168 million to construct, is expected to complete a five-year mission in which it will collect a range of data that will be used for evaluation of natural disasters, national security, environmental monitoring, rescue operations and scientific research, according to the Taipei Times. The next Falcon 9 launch, of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B spaceplane, is planned for early September from Florida.

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