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SpaceX launches Taiwanese satellite, lands rocket stage

  • August 24, 2017

An Earth-observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization has been launched from California.

The Formosat-5 satellite carried off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base during 11:51 a.m. PDT on Thursday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX successfully landed the rocket’s initial theatre on a worker boat in a Pacific Ocean while a second theatre continued toward circuit and deployed a satellite.

The satellite is a initial to be entirely designed by Taiwan’s space group and is dictated to allege a nation’s space record and systematic investigate while providing tellurian imagery with a far-reaching array of uses.

Its categorical instrument is a sensor that produces high-resolution black-and-white and colour images.

Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk denounced a new spacesuit for a initial astronauts to float a crewed chronicle of the Dragon spacecraft.

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