Elon Musk’s SpaceX is gearing up for yet another launch, as it prepares to lift satellites into space on Thursday, August 27. The launch will take place from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7.19pm EDT (11.19pm BST).
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will be carrying the SAOCOM 1B satellite for Argentina’s space agency (CONAE) into orbit.
According to SpaceFlight Now, the satellite will provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements.
Website Space Coast Daily will be hosting a live stream of the event, with proceedings kicking off shortly before lift off.
Mr Musk’s SpaceX is dominating the landscape of the new age space race, with rocket launches now taking place on a weekly basis.
The latest launch will be the 101st of such for Mr Musk’s California-based firm.
It has been a busy few weeks for SpaceX, with the company reaching other major milestones on top of its latest Starlink launch, with the company safely returning two NASA astronauts from the ISS on Monday, August 3.
Doug Hurley and Bob Benken returned from the orbiting laboratory on the Dragon capsule, prompting Mr Musk to welcome in a new era of the space age.
He said: “We’re going to go to the moon, we’re going to have a base on the moon, we’re going to send people to Mars and make life multi-planetary.”
He also tweeted: “When space travel becomes as common as air travel, the future of civilisation will be assured.”
SpaceX also tested its Starship rocket with a 150-metre “hop” on August 5.
Mr Musk tweeted following the test: “Mars is looking real. Progress is accelerating.”
Mr Musk has previously said: “This is one of the other critical pieces of the puzzle to establish a base on the moon or Mars.
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“I think we should do our very best to become a multi-planet species and we should do it now.”
Starship will take humans across the solar system, and be able to return them to Earth.
It will first be used to ferry humans to the Moon, and eventually Mars when the time comes.
SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said during a recent NASA-organised CLPS teleconference that Starship could be used to get humans to the Moon – which will be used as a jumping and refuelling point in the voyage to the Red Planet – in as little as three years.
Ms Shotwell said: “We are aiming to be able to drop Starship on the lunar surface in 2022.”
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