Several small satellites are said to be deployed aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Monday.
The launch of the mission "Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express" is planned for VAFB's Space Launch Complex-4E for a window between 10:31 and 11 o'clock.
The rocket is on its way to transport about 70 satellites, including so-called microsatellites and CubeSats, from various vendors around the world, including US government agencies.
The payload was configured by Spaceflight, a Seattle based startup company. By bringing the satellites together in a ride, the cost of the launch is shared among many customers.
Among the satellites that will be part of the mission, the Pathfinder II from Helios Wire, an Internet of Things (IoT), will include connectivity companies. The Pathfinder II satellite is the first in a 28 satellite constellation that the company plans to deploy for global IoT coverage.
"This is undoubtedly an exciting leap forward and an integral part of our future constellation," said Helios Wire's CEO and co-founder, Scott Larson, said in a statement on the company's website. "We expect that this will stir up the way people think about IoT connectivity in terms of the types of applications that can be layered on the network, especially Analytics and Blockchain. We are very grateful to our team and our partners for helping us achieve this milestone, and we continue to focus on expanding our market opportunities and completing our next satellite group. "
VAFB 30th Space Wing officials recommend members of the public to do so I'd like to see the launch event at Hawk's Nest on Azalea Lane off Highway 1
The Hawk's Nest will open on Monday at 9:00 am, officials will close and close no later than 10:15 am
"Reminder: The public is asked not to bring or consume alcohol, to smoke and have no open fires or barbecues ", so a part of a statement of the 30th space wing. "RVs, RVs and trailers are also not allowed. Weapons are prohibited. [and] The use of small unmanned aerial vehicles within five miles (8 km) of an active runway such as Vandenberg is prohibited. "