SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 rocket

This batch of 10 is part of the 70 telecommunication satellites that should be in orbit by mid-2018, for the network to span the globe. Live video from the launcher showed the spacecraft releasing from a specially-designed carrier module on the upper stage.

SpaceX is gearing up for another Falcon 9 launch on Wednesday, this time from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 more Iridium Next satellites provided a loud wakeup call early Monday morning as it departed Vandenberg Air Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County just before dawn. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to deploy these satellites, and Iridium now has almost half of the Next constellation in orbit. SpaceX has been reusing Falcon 9 first stages and is pursuing fully reusable rockets in an effort to lower the cost of spaceflight.

Iridium Next satellites were deployed about 57 minutes after liftoff. Incidentally, the firm will attempt to fly a "used" first stage booster in this endeavour, which This firm has tried only twice before. The company plans to inspect, refurbish and refly the stage on a future mission.

It marks the third mission SpaceX has conducted for iridium, a worldwide satellite telephone operator.

The first two launches of the Iridium series took place from VAFB on January 14 and June 25. Furthermore, RUAG Space produced and delivered the slip rings in all 81 of the Iridium NEXT satellites, where they ensure the transmission of power and signals from the rotating solar panels to the satellites.

The satellites are integrated Orbital ATK's satellite manufacturing facility in Arizona. The rocket booster landed around 7.5 minutes after the launch.

Musk celebrated the launching of the satellites into space on Instagram.

Meanwhile, the Iridium Next Constellation will eventually consist of 66 primary satellites.

Launch preparations at Vandenberg began in August with the arrival of the first pair of Iridium satellites from their factory in Arizona. SpaceX has already launched rockets that have returned to Earth multiple times, thereby demonstrating their reusability. However, last year's gloom has given way to a more dedicated and focused approach this year.

Iridium chief executive Matt Desch said the constellation will enable Iridium to offer services that are not "easily replicated by geostationary systems". Iridium Certus, according to SpaceX, will deliver faster speeds for Iridium's vast network of partners that provide services for aviation, maritime, terrestrial and government organizations, and the Internet of Things, which are physical devices embedded with network connectivity.

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