SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the spaceport in California

Cristina Cross
July 27, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carried 10 Iridium satellites into orbit on Wednesday, blasting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX had planned to catch the rocket's fairing with a giant net stretched across their recovery boat called Mr Steven, however, the boat was unable to catch the rocket nose.

The payload includes 10 Iridium-NEXT communications satellites.

The Space X launch utilizing a Falcon 9 rocket will be the company's subsequent of the week succeeding a launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday, July 22.

The launch is taking off with 10 iridium next satellites tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 4-39 a-m.

An hour after launch, the focus shifted to the deployment of the 10 Iridium satellites in low Earth orbit. The rocket was launched from the spaceport Vandenberg in California.

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SpaceX says the first stage booster landed successfully on a drone ship, in spite of challenging weather conditions.

Despite the weather conditions, the launch was successful.

"They did see the payload fairing coming down, but they were not able to catch it in the net", Insprucker said during the broadcast about 50 minutes after liftoff. The new system will feature 81 satellites with 66 in the operational constellation. Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) and In Orbit Tests are performed by Thales Alenia Space in coordination with Iridium, from Iridium's Satellite Network Operation Center (SNOC) in Leesburg, Virginia. Iridium NEXT will enable and introduce new services like the Company's next-generation broadband service, Iridium CertusSM.

SpaceX has another launch scheduled for August 2, carrying an Indonesian satellite.

Iridium is also the only satellite communications network to cover the entire globe keeping track of objects participating in the internet of things (IoT).

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