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SpaceX launching Transporter-5 mission today

The dedicated rideshare mission carries "fifty-nine" deployable, Tugs and passive payloads in Orbit.

Falcon 9 B1061.8 at SLC-40 (Credit: SpaceX)

May 25, 2022; SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 v1.2 FT rocket number B1061.8 will Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force station for the Transporter-5 mission today at 18:26:59.990 UTC (2:26 p.m EDT). The first stage B1061.8 will be used for the 8th time it has supported the missions (Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, Cargo Dragon CRS-23, IXPE, Starlink Group 4-7 and Transporter 4)

The Falcon 9 is due to launch towards the south of Cape Canaveral and a 'dogleg' maneuver will be made to reach the SSO azimuth. The recovery of the fairing shells should take place in the north of Cuba, about 600 km downrange of the Cape, by the support vessel Bob. The second stage will make its re-entry over the South Pacific.

The Transporter-5 manifests thirty-nine primary loads (59 Overall) from different nations including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, Argentina, Norway, The Deployment is set between 19:26:00.510 to 19:42:22.810 UTC with a mean altitude of 525 km.

A backup opportunity is available on Thursday, May 26, with the same launch window. Falcon 9 will fly along Florida’s eastern coast over the ocean and may be visible from the ground

The B1061 is expected to land back at its launch site after this flight, in Return to Landing Zone – return to launch site, RTLZ mode; the landing will be in landing zone 1 – LZ-1, located at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, on the former LC-13 pad. A return to the launch site usually means that after the second stage separation, the booster flips over and does a boost backburn towards the landing pad near to launch site

This mission is the debut of the new variation of the orbital transfer vehicle, Sherpa-AC. This is an enlarged version of the base Sherpa model with key features including a flight computer, knowledge and attitude control, and a new electrical power system. Major launch customers include D-orbit, Momentus, Xona Space, NearSpace Launch, the Missile Defense Agency, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory:

KUbeSat, a student-led organization at the University of Kansas, is building a CubeSat, a small cubic satellite that is scheduled to be launched in June 2022, KUbeSat’s Project Manager Arno Prinsloo said. After the launch, KU will be the first institution in Kansas to build and launch a satellite.

KUbeSat has been a member of the NASA CubeSat launch initiative since 2018, which will provide a vehicle to deliver the satellite into space, said Brody Gatza, a junior from Olathe studying aerospace engineering and the president of KUbeSat.

“We're kind of creating the infrastructure to build multiple CubeSats,” Gatza said. “We'd like to have one or two that we're working on at the same time.”

The satellite is equipped with a wide-angle lens camera, said Wyatt George, a sophomore studying aerospace engineering and the vice president of KUbeSat. Once in orbit, the KUbeSat team will be able to make ground observations, detect weather patterns and take pictures.

The worlds first selfie taking satellite (Orbit NTNU)

SelfieSat will take the world’s first selfie from a satellite in space. The external LCD-display displays pictures sent in by the public. A camera mounted on a measuring tape arm photographs the screen with the Earth in the background. The project has inspired and brought space closer to us and proves h