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Satellite Imagery: SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew Dragon Launch

By Eric Van Rees - 1st June 2020 - 06:56

Maxar collected new satellite imagery yesterday (May 30th) of the historic launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Spacecraft from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Most notably, Maxar collected a dramatic image of the rocket and the astronauts flying toward space and high above the launch pad and the clouds at T-plus 120 seconds!

Maxar’s GeoEye-1 satellite collected the first view of the launch pad yesterday morning at 11:47AM EDT, approximately three and a half hours before launch.
Maxar’s WorldView-1 satellite subsequently collected an image of the launch pad at 3:18PM EDT, four minutes before launch.

Soon thereafter, at launch plus 120 seconds (3:24PM EDT), as WorldView-1 was flying south of Nicaragua, the satellite--from more than 1,300 miles away from the launch pad--collected a dramatic image that shows the Falcon 9 rocket in flight above the clouds with American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard as they were speeding toward orbit and their journey to the International Space Station (ISS).

Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies

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