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Rocket Lab launches two Capella satellites into orbit

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The launch of the Electron launch vehicle took place at NASA’s Wallops Spaceport. The satellites are designed for radar imaging of the Earth day and night in any weather.

The American light-class rocket Electron has successfully launched two commercial satellites for Earth surveying Capella-9 and Capella-10 into orbit. It was announced on March 17 by the developer company RocketLab.

The launch for the satellite operator Capella Space was carried out from the NASA Wallops spaceport, located on the island of the same name off the coast of Virginia.

It happened at 18.38 on March 16, East Coast time (at 00.38 Kyiv time on March 17).

About an hour after liftoff, two satellites weighing 112 kg each separated from the carrier and entered an orbit at an altitude of 600 km.

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Recall that the California startup Capella Space is creating an orbital constellation of satellites with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to obtain high-resolution images up to 0.5 meters at any time of day and weather.

The company already has a constellation of seven vehicles in orbit and provides services to both commercial companies and US intelligence.

This launch is the first of five Capella Space launches this year using Electron rockets. The company is preparing to launch third-generation devices capable of receiving images with a resolution of up to 0.3 meters.

As reported Correspondent.net, At the end of February, SpaceX launched the V2 mini satellite into space, which will improve the signal for the Starlink Internet system.

GUR reports success of “people’s satellite”

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Source: korrespondent

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