Final two German military SARah satellites healthy in orbit; 3-satellite, $1.1-billion system to operate for 12+ years

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Satellite builder OHB System AG said two military radar surveillance satellites launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Dec. 24 are healthy in orbit and sending, signals, completing a 13-year, three-satellite development program that was prolonged by the Covid pandemic.

SpaceX’s webcast of the launch, from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., was ended at the separation fo the Falcon 9 second stage from the first, with no confirmation of a successful deployment, at the request of OHB, SpaceX said.

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