Published on 11 October 2018
It was a text book launch and then recovery of SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Sunday, October 7 at 7:21 p.m. PDT. SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.
The SAOCOM (Satellites for Observation and Communications) series are Argentina's first Remote Sensing mission carrying instruments on board which operate in the range of microwaves: an L-band full polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and a thermal infrared camera. Given the characteristics of such detectors, excellent benefits can be found for the management of emergencies or natural disasters and monitoring of natural resources.
The SAOCOM 1A satellite was developed by CONAE (Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) in partnership with Belgium and Italy.