The Western Hemisphere hosted 2 loft-offs within 15 Minutes on July 25 morning as both SpaceX and Arianespace get set for satellite delivery assignments. The lift-offs were scheduled to take place between 11:25 UTC (7:25 am ET) and 11:39 UTC (7:39 am ET).
First to launch was Arianespace, with an assignment lifted-off from Kourou, French Guiana, above the Atlantic Ocean. This journey of the Ariane 5 ES rocket—the 3rd mission of the Ariane 5 fleet this year—will convey 4 Galileo satellites into the medium Earth orbit for the European Commission at an altitude of 22,922 km. These satellites will become the component of the global navigation system constellation of Europe.
And the second launch is of SpaceX, within less than 15 Min following the planned Ariane 5 launch. The Falcon 9 rocket will lift-off from the United States’ west coast and intends to send ten Iridium NEXT satellites 625 km over the Earth into a polar orbit.
This lift-off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California will also present 2 distinct recovery efforts. The Just Read the Instructions drone-ship will function as a portable landing platform for the first stage of the Falcon 9 and the smaller Mr. Steven vessel—currently outfitted with a bigger net—will try to seize one half of the payload fairing of the rocket.
Facebook, as a segment of its plan to unite billions of individuals who are still offline, is functioning on setting-off its own Internet satellite, Athena early in 2019, as reported by Wired. As per an application, the social media giant seems to have registered with the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in name of PointView Tech LLC. The plan is intended to “efficiently offer broadband access to underserved and unserved regions across the globe,” as mentioned in the report.