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SpaceX to Launch German's Next-Gen Military Radar Satellite

The second launch this weekend for company's Falcon 9 will take off from California

SpaceX's string of launches continues for this weekend as its second launch (26th Mission of 2022) targeting Saturday, June 18 at 7:19 a.m. PT(10:19 a.m EDT), 14:19 UTC, for a Falcon 9 launch of the SARah-1 mission from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. A backup opportunity is available on Monday, June 20 at 7:19 a.m. PT (10:19 a.m EDT), 14:19 UTC.

The Falcon 9 first-stage booster "B1071-3" supporting this mission previously launched the NROL-87 and NROL-85 missions. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will return to land on Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

SARah is the planned follow-on system for the SAR-Lupe radar satellite constellation operated by the German armed forces (Bundeswehr). SARah consists of one active phased array-antenna satellite built by EADS Astrium and two passive reflector antenna satellites provided by OHB-System. The SARah 1 is a 2.2-ton satellite will be launched into southbound Sun-Synchronous Orbit at an altitude of 750 km. the first component of the SARah system, is reportedly based on the TerraSAR-X satellite. It reportedly shares many features with the proposed civilian follow-on to TerraSAR-X. Two passive-antenna SARah satellites will fly in formation with the active-antenna spacecraft.


All times are approximate


00:00:00 Falcon 9 Lift-off

00:01:12 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)

00:02:17 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)

00:02:20 1st and 2nd stages seperate

00:02:34 1st stage boostback burn begins

00:02:49 Fairing deployment

00:03:21 1st stage boostback burn complete

00:06:09 1st stage entry burn begins

00:06:31 1st stage entry burn complete

00:07:25 1st stage landing burn begins

00:07:56 1st stage lands on Landing Zone 4

The Payload separation is classified


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