Launch of Canadian Satellite CASSIOPE

13 Sep

UPDATE: The live webcast has ended as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched on schedule at noon ET on September 29, carrying the CASSIOPE satellite into Earth orbit. Congratulations! Continuing information is available on the CSA’s mission page.

CASSIOPE Mission Patch

CASSIOPE Mission Patch

At 12:00p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 29, 2013 a new Canadian satellite is set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

You’ll be able to watch the launch on the SpaceX website.

From the Canadian Space Agency:

CASSIOPE is a multi-purpose mission designed to conduct space environment research and telecommunications technology demonstration. Its scientific payload ePOP (enhanced polar outflow probe) will observe the ionosphere and enable scientists to collect new data on space storms in Earth’s upper atmosphere and assess their potential impacts. CASSIOPE also includes the Cascade technology demonstrator for high speed store and forward information delivery.

This science mission was developed as a result of a close collaboration between several key partners including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), 10 Canadian universities led by the University of Calgary and 2 research organizations, amongst others.

With the launch of CASSIOPE, Canada will make a significant contribution to unravelling the mysteries of space weather.

CASSIOPE assembly, courtesy Canadian Space Agency

CASSIOPE assembly, courtesy Canadian Space Agency

CASSIOPE graphic, courtesy Canadian Space Agency

CASSIOPE Graphic, courtesy Canadian Space Agency

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