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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Canada's Cassiope Satellite

Topic: Launches

Date: September 29, 2013

Location: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, US,

Launch Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency. This is the first launch of version 1.1 of the Falcon 9 rocket with upgraded Merlin 1D engines and stretched fuel tanks and is classified as a demonstration launch.

From the Canadian Space Agency: "CASSIOPE will make a significant contribution to unraveling the mysteries of space weather. To accomplish this feat, the satellite will use the scientific payload ePOP (enhanced polar outflow probe), which will observe the ionosphere, and a technology demonstrator Cascade payload, which will provide a 'proof of concept' for a digital broadband courier service for commercial use."

Launch Update: The launch has been delayed from September 10, 14 and 15th.

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