SpaceX: A most perilous period + More BFR plans + The SAOCOM 1a satellite

September 24, 2018
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September 24, 2018

Eric Berger tells the behind the scenes story of how the SpaceX team recovered from the failure of the third Falcon I launch and finally succeeded on the fourth attempt: Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin | Ars Technica

More Teslarati reports on the BFR project:

More about Argentina’s SAOCOM 1a satellite, which is the payload on the next Falcon 9 launch, currently scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg on October 6th: Argentina bets on $600 million satellite to boost agriculture sector | Reuters

“This mission will be incredibly valuable to the country’s farmers. We are hoping that the information will provide a $5 to $7 return on every dollar invested,” said Raul Kulichevsky, Executive and Technical Director for Argentina’s National Space Activities Commission (CONAE).

While Argentina’s previous satellites have relied on optical surveying, scientists say the SAOCOM mission will provide precision X-ray and microwave imaging across Argentina’s grain-producing plains, regardless of weather or time of day.

“This technology is novel, and has never before been used in Argentina. It is the product of 10 years of research,” Head Researcher on the SAOCOM mission, Laura Frulla, said in an interview.

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