Missile spotters were able to witness three takeoffs from Cape Canaveral this weekend, the first time that Florida spaceport has seen many launches in the same week in nearly 20 years.
At 2:04 am ET on Saturday, the United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy will take a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite into a geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth.
Then, on Sunday, SpaceX will launch two Falcon 9 rockets:
one will carry another 60 Starlink Internet satellites into low Earth orbit and the other will carry a SAOCOMB 1B satellite for Argentina’s space program.
The last time three rockets took off from Cape Canaveral that same week was in August 2001.
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Close-up of a tower: The United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch at 2:04 a.m. on Saturday. Hopefully this will be the first of three launches this weekend, the first time many are slated for the same week in 20 years © Provided by Daily Mail United Launch The Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy rocket will be launched on Saturday at 2: 04. If all goes according to plan, this will be the first of three explosions this weekend, the first time many are scheduled for the same week in 20 years.
The last time this number of planes was launched in a single weekend was when a NASA Titan 4 rocket, Delta 2 launcher and space shuttle took off from different platforms, Space reports. com.
General Doug Schiess, commander of the 45th Space Wing, said it could be a “historic week” at the spaceport.
The Delta IV Heavy is the largest launcher in the United Launch Alliance (ULA) fleet, consisting of three rocket cores strapped together.
The mission was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed for a day “due to customer demand”, according to ULA