REPLAY: SpaceX Falcon 9 launches SAOCOM 1B + bonus SAOCOM 1A footage (30 Aug 2020)

This is a replay of the live stream, with archived live chat messages. Launch time: 7:20 pm EDT (23:20 GMT) Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Destination: Low Earth Orbit A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1B is the second of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2019, January and February. This mission was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Delayed from March 30 due to coronavirus pandemic. Delayed from Aug 27, 28.


Height: 70 m (230 ft)

Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)

Mass: 549k kg (1.2M lbs)

Fuel: RP-1 (non-cryogenic, highly-refined kerosene)

Oxidizer: LOX (cryogenic liquid oxygen chilled to -207.2 ºC / -340.9 ºF)

Stages: 2 First Stage

Engines: (9) Merlin 1D First Stage

Thrust: 7,607 kN (1.7M lbf)

Second Stage Engine: (1) Merlin 1D Vacuum-optimized

Second Stage Thrust: 934 kN (210,000 lbf)

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