SpaceX launches rocket carrying 10 communication satellites

On Friday, SpaceX launched it's Falcon 9 rocket with 10 Iridium satellites from the Vandenberg Air Force Based in California precisely at 7:13:51 am PDT.

Nine minutes into alnico the rocket's second engine will cut-off before restarting and then kicking off again 52 minutes into the mission.

The contract calls for SpaceX to launch a total of 75 satellites for Iridium.

SpaceX will not attempt to make another recovery of the rocket's first stage after Friday's launch.

But SpaceX wanted to recover the fairing. The video window embedded above will spring to life shortly before the launch and feature commentary from SpaceX while the launch takes place. SpaceX has ferried all of those satellites into orbit over 5 different missions, but even that isn't the most impressive part about today's launch.

SpaceX is well known for landing and reusing rocket boosters to bring down the price of its rockets.

Speaking about the Iridium Next, the 10 relay satellites were stationed at the altitude of 388 miles above the Earth surface. 40 of those satellites were already launched in 2017. He further added that the target was anticipated, however, the milestone was achieved much before than predicted.

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The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday but was delayed because of an issue with one of the satellites, according to a Twitter post from the Iridium Communications CEO, Matt Desch.

"Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe".

The launch will be the fifth SpaceX is contracted to conduct for Iridium. Rest 9 satellites are sanctioned as spares for when if any satellites go impaired or malfunctions.

The completed satellite system will provide air traffic control organizations and aircraft operators real-time, global visibility of ADS-B equipped aircraft, in addition to providing telecommunications services to its customers around the world.

NOAA spokesman Chris Vaccaro, indicating SpaceX's claim caught the agency off guard, said they "are looking into that attribution" by SpaceX.

All of the satellites are expected to be positioned in orbit by the middle of the year.


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