Last SpaceX launch of 2022 carries Israeli reconnoissance satellite into orbit (Image Credit: Space Daily)
An Israeli reconnaissance satellite was carried into orbit during the final SpaceX launch of the year.
The EROS-3 Earth-imaging satellite was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 11:38 p.m. Thursday. The first stage detached successfully and landed on a SpaceX pad eight minutes after launch.
The rocket was launched in retrograde, against the direction of the Earth’s rotation, and carried the EROS-3 into low Earth orbit.
The EROS-3 satellite has a resolution of one foot for panchromatic imagery, and two feet for multispectral imagery, according to Everyday Astronaut.
ImageSat was founded in 1997 by Israeli Aircraft Industries, El-Op and Core Software Technology. The first EROS satellite, EROS A, was launched into orbit from Siberia by a Russian Start 1 rocket in Dec., 2000. The EROS B was launched from Siberia in April, 2006.
A Human Rights Watch report in 2009 accused Israeli forces of killing civilians in Gaza with drones manufactured by Israeli Aircraft Industries.
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Falcon 9 rocket launches 54 Starlink satellites
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 28, 2021
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 54 Starlink Internet satellites launched from Florida on Wednesday as part of a mission to begin populating a new orbital shell authorized by federal regulators.
The rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 4:34 a.m. The mission was SpaceX’s 60th of the year, nearly double the total from last year. One more launch is scheduled for the end of this week.
“Under our new license, we are now able to deploy satellites to new orbits that will add eve … read more