HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) – SpaceX is scheduled to launch three rockets in three days, starting with an Italian Earth observation satellite on Monday.
The Hawthorne-based company had to scrub the launch of COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 four times from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
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Following the latest delay on Sunday, the COSMO launch was scheduled for Monday at 15.11 California time.
Once the satellite is in orbit, the first phase of the Falcon 9 rocket used in the mission will be returned to Earth and land back at Cape Canaveral. The rocket stage has been used in two previous missions, and recycling it again will allow for reuse in future flights, cutting the coast of launches.
On Tuesday, SpaceX is scheduled to launch another batch of satellites to their Starlink broadband Internet array at 6 p.m. 10:46 at Cape Canaveral.
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Back on the west coast on Wednesday,
SpaceX is scheduled to launch another satellite to the US National Reconnaissance Office at 12:18 Wednesday from Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Vandenberg launches can often be seen across Southern California depending on visibility.
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