Sunday, September 29, 2013
Elon Musk Lifts Canada Into Space
Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully placed Canada's Cassiope research satellite into orbit.
Cassiope rode into space atop a modified Falcon rocket.
This 13m-tall clamshell covering is necessary to protect satellites from the aerodynamic forces encountered during an ascent.
Sunday's outing was the first SpaceX mission to use Vandenberg. Until now, all Falcon launches have gone out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The MDA Corporation, which built the Cassiope satellite, reported that the small research platform was performing as expected after being ejected by the Falcon's second stage. Cassiope, a project of the Canadian Space Agency, will study the Sun's interaction with Earth's upper atmosphere.