SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Canada's Cassiope Satellite

January 18, 2015 – 09:05 am

Category: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Topic: Launches

Event Format: Rocket Launch

Launch Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency. This is the first launch of version 1.1 of the Falcon 9 rocket with upgraded Merlin 1D engines and stretched fuel tanks and is classified as a demonstration launch.

From the Canadian Space Agency: "CASSIOPE will make a significant contribution to unraveling the mysteries of space weather. To accomplish this feat, the satellite will use the scientific payload ePOP (enhanced polar outflow probe), which will observe the ionosphere, and a technology demonstrator Cascade payload, which will provide a 'proof of concept' for a digital broadband courier service for commercial use."


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