Falcon 9 to launch Transporter 2

Mission Overview:

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a dedicated rideshare to SSO (Sun Synchronous Orbit). It will debut two different orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) for the first time, including an industry’s first-ever electric propulsion vehicle, Sherpa-LTE by Spaceflight. There will be eighty-eight (88) satellites onboard the mission, designated Transporter 2. The Falcon 9 supporting this mission will be its eighth flight and potential landing. RTLS is planned for LZ-1 (LC-13).

  • Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 B1060-8
  • Mission: Transporter 2 (Rideshare)
  • Date / Time: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1931-1954 UTC (1531-1554 EDT)
  • Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

Launch Vehicle:

The Falcon 9 B1060-8 rocket booster has been reused 7 other times prior to this mission. They are; GPS III SV03 (Matthew Henson), Türksat 5A, and five Starlink missions.

Spaceflight's infographic of their two OTVs (Orbital Transportation Vehicles) that will launch on Transporter-2
Spaceflight’s infographic of their two OTVs (Orbital Transportation Vehicles) that will launch on Transporter-2 | illustration: Spaceflight

Transporter 2 Payloads

Spaceflight secured 3 ports on the mission to support 36 spacecraft — comprised of 6 microsatellites, 29 cubesats and one hosted payload — from 14 organizations across 7 countries.

Aerospacelab’s Arthur: Aerospacelab’s Risk Reduction Flight mission objective is to put into service a high resolution optical payload, gain flight heritage for the in-house developed equipment, and verify the capability to maneuver the spacecraft thanks to the Micro Propulsion System from ExoTrail.

Aerospacelab’s Arthur
Aerospacelab’s Arthur| Photo: Aerospacelab

Astrocast’s IoT Nanosatellites: Astrocast will be launching an additional 5 IoT Nanosatellites to its constellation. The Astrocast SatIoT Service enables companies to track IoT Assets in some of the world’s most remote regions.

Astrocast’s IoT Nanosatellites
Astrocast’s IoT Nanosatellites | Photo: Astrocast

HawkEye 360’s Cluster 3: The Cluster 3 launch further expands HawkEye 360’s next-generation satellite constellation, which detects and geolocates radio frequency signals. The Cluster 3 satellites are able to collect a greater quantity of data across a wider portion of the RF spectrum, creating valuable, actionable insights for maritime domain awareness, national security, environmental protection and more.

HawkEye 360’s Cluster 3
HawkEye 360’s Cluster 3 | Illustration: HawkEye 360

In-Space Missions Limited’s Faraday Phoenix: In-Space Missions are world-class experts who design, build and operate bespoke physical and digital customer missions from their UK offices.

In-Space Missions Limited’s Faraday Phoenix
In-Space Missions Limited’s Faraday Phoenix | Illustration: In-Space Missions Limited

Lynk Global Inc.’s Shannon: Lynk’s mission is to provide global ubiquitous connectivity to unmodified mobile phones and cellular devices. (No image available)

Launch Trajectory

Launch Trajectory (w/ visibility map) of the Falcon 9 rocket booster and landing area for the Transporter 2 mission
Launch Trajectory (w/ visibility map) of the Falcon 9 rocket booster and landing area for the Transporter 2 mission | screenshot from Flight Club

Launch Site

Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), previously Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) is a launch pad for rockets located at the north end of Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

The launch pad was used by the United States Air Force for 55 Titan III and Titan IV launches between 1965 and 2005. After 2007, the US Air Force leased the complex to SpaceX to launch the Falcon 9 rocket. As of November 2020, there have been 60 launches of the Falcon 9 from the complex. The site was heavily damaged following the September 2016 Amos-6 incident, due to a catastrophic failure during a static fire test. The complex was repaired and returned to operational status in December 2017 for the CRS-13 mission.

Bird eye view of SLC-40 on Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA
Bird eye view of SLC-40 at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA | image: Google Earth

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