Next Launch:


United States of America
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022
Time: 2:19 PM (UTC +0)

This goes

to space

SARah1 & Rideshares

SARah1 is one of three radar remote sensing satellites built for the German Military by Airbus to be part of a constellation. Consisting of one active phased array-antenna satellite built by Astrium and two passive reflector antenna satellites provided by OHB-System, it is expected to provide a higher resolution than its predecessor SAR-Lupe.

SARah1 will be sharing this flight with various rideshare payloads.

Image courtesy of Astrium

On this


Falcon 9 (Block 5)

This is Falcon 9 -- the world-leading workhorse rocket.

In 2021 alone, Falcon 9 flew 31 times -- 21% of the total global launches of the year. The next closest rocket was the Soyuz-2 with 20 launches that year.

Falcon 9 also took more satellites to space than all other rockets combined in 2021.

The rocket has also taken 22 people to orbit across six crew missions as of early-April 2022.

With over 150 flights to its name, Falcon 9 has already shattered worldwide orbital rocket turnaround records with the same booster flying again just 20 days after its previous launch.

On June 17th 2022, SpaceX's B1060 breaks the flight record for Falcon 9. Starlink 4-19 marking the 13th mission for this booster.

Image: Jenny Hautmann for Supercluster

From this

launch site

SLC-4E -- Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
June 18, 2022

Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base is SpaceX’s west coast launch and landing facility. The launch pad is named SLC-4E (as it is the eastern-most of the two areas).

Originally built in the early 1960s for Atlas-Agena rockets, SLC-4E served that rocket line until 1967, when it was taken offline and then rebuilt for the Titan IIID rockets.

It launched the Titan IIID from 1971 to 1988, after which it was reconfigured and used for the Titan IV between 1991 and 2005.

SpaceX leased SLC-4E in 2011 and spent two years rebuilding the pad for the Falcon 9 rocket.

The pad exclusively launched Falcon 9 polar missions from 2013 to 2019.  However, in 2020, SpaceX began splitting those launches between Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral after the Air Force agreed to allow polar launches from Florida after a 51 year ban (because of the then-dangers of overflying Cuba during launch).

Despite new launch opportunities from Florida, SpaceX is not abandoning Vandenberg; many more launches are planned from this location.

Photo: Pauline Acalin

Booster lands


Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) -- Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
June 18, 2022

Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) is SpaceX’s only west coast landing pad for the Falcon 9 first stage.

Activated in 2018, the landing pad is built on the former SLC-4W launch pad.

SLC-4W was built just 427 meters (1,400 feet) from SLC-4E for the Atlas-Agena rockets between 1963 and 1965.  After that, it was rebuilt for the Titan IIIB rocket and used for that program from 1966 to 1987.

With the Titan IIIB’s retirement, the pad was reconfigured for the Titan 23G rocket between 1988 and 2003.

SpaceX leased SLC-4W in 2015 and renamed it Landing Zone 4 and created a landing pad for the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage.

The first Return To Launch Site landing of a Falcon 9 to Landing Zone 4 took place on October 7th, 2018.

Image: Pauline Acalin for Supercluster

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