A SpaceX rocket carrying an ocean exploration satellite has launched into space
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the oceanographic satellite Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, launched from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
This is reported by NASA.
The launch was at 9:17 am PST.
After launch, the main engine of the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is turned off, after which it is separated from the second stage. Next, the second stage will be ignited, after which the payload fairing will be dropped from the Sentinel-6 satellite.
The second stage will shut down and then restart to get the satellite on the correct track. After about a minute, the second stage will shut down and the Sentinel-6 will separate from the second stage.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 will return through Earth's atmosphere for a vertical landing.
On November 15, SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon to the ISS with four astronauts on board. The launch was SpaceX's first operational mission for NASA since a demonstration flight in May 2020.