Launch Spotlight: SARah-1 – SpaceX set to launch a new Earth observation satellite

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on June 18, 2022, at 10:19 a.m. EDT. This launch will carry the SARah-1 Earth observation satellite to a Polar Orbit.

Launch Overview

Launch Date: June 18, 2022, 10:19 a.m. EDT

Payload: SARah-1 Earth observation satellite

Rocket: Falcon 9 (B1071-3)

Launch Pad: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

Destination: Polar Orbit

Landing Site: Landing Zone 4, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California


The Mission

SpaceX is set to launch the SARah-1 Earth observation satellite to polar orbit. Built by Airbus, SARah-1 will be operated by the German Armed Forces and will replace the existing SAR-Lupe radar satellites. This is the first of a constellation of three SARah satellites.


What is the Falcon 9?

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is the workhorse of commercial launches into Earth orbit. Nine Merlin engines power the partially reusable rocket on the first stage and a single vacuum optimized Merlin on the second stage. The Falcon 9 has launched a total of 158 times with a 98% success rate, making it a highly trusted vehicle among the commercial, scientific, and defense sectors.


The Booster

B1071-3 will be launching the SARah-1 mission. This will be the third launch for this Falcon 9 booster.

B1071 Flight Log

  • NROL-87
  • NROL-85

The Weather

June 18, 2022

  • TBA% GO
  • Primary Concern(s):
    • TBA
  • Risk(s):
    • TBA

24-hour Delay

  • TBA% GO
  • Primary Concern(s):
    • TBA
  • Risk(s):
    • TBA

Read the full forecast here

Last Updated: June 17, 2022, 12:09 p.m. EDT


Where to watch?

You can find coverage of Wednesday’s launch on SpaceX’s YouTube channel. The live stream will usually go live about 15 minutes before liftoff and will offer the best views of the launch.

Featured Image: NROL-87 – SpaceX

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