The launch of the rocket and the launching of satellites into orbit went according to a planned schedule, ITAR-TASS reports, citing representatives of the base.
The rocket delivered a Canadian meteorological satellite Cassiope, 500 kilograms, three mini-satellites Popacs, a satellite Dande, and also a Snaps nanosatellite created at Stanford University into orbit.
On the updated version of the Falcon 9, the Merlin 1D engines are installed, their position has been changed: the configuration with one engine in the center is now used, the rest are installed around it. Engine power, according to SpaceX, is 60% higher than in the previous model. The launch vehicle height is 69,2 meters, its weight is 480 tons.
According to SpaceX head Elon Mask, this "launch was not a test, the beta version of the rocket was launched." "The launch went well. All satellites are deployed in the target orbit," he said.
In turn, representatives of the Canadian Space Agency (CCA) noted that one of the tasks of the Cassiope meteorological satellite, the size of a desk and a mass of 481 kg, is to study the effects of solar radiation on the Earth’s ionosphere.
The device has two cameras that will record the processes occurring in the upper atmosphere, including the aurora borealis.
“With the help of this satellite, Canada expects to make a great contribution to the solution of the secrets of space weather,” the agency emphasized.
It is assumed that the satellite will rotate around the Earth in an elliptical orbit with the parameters: the height of the apogee - 1 500 km, the height of the perigee over the Arctic - 324 km.
The commercial carrier Falcon 9 has already made five flights before this, including three to put into orbit cargo modules for the International Space Station.