SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

SpaceX is using another refurbished rocket this afternoon - this one is the the third Falcon 9 first stage booster that the company has refurbished and used again. It's the first of two launches the organization intends to endeavor this week on opposite coasts of the US.

Post launch, the first stage will return for another landing on droneship, Of Course I Still Love You, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The present launch is commonplace to SpaceX since the organization has essentially done it sometime recently. SpaceX already had a successful launch on Monday, of ten Iridium satellites, from Vandenberg Air Force Base just north of Lompoc. The organization launched the initial 10 of these tests in January and another bunch of 10 in June.

The mission saw SpaceX carry the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to their targeted orbit as part of the Elon Musk-owned company's eight-flight contract with Iridium to lift a total of 75 satellites into orbit. The rest will keep on being propelled in 10-satellite augmentations throughout the following year, alongside one launch of five.

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SpaceX is gearing a rocket for its second mission in the last three days.

The satellite is called EchoStar 105/SES-11 and was built by Luxembourg-based operator Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). SES has shown a lot of confidence in the company's ability to bring safe, reusable launch rockets to the market and has previously employed a previously-flow booster - back in the time when SpaceX's ability in this field remained largely untested.

What time is the SpaceX launch? Up until this point, the climate is looking entirely useful for launch, with a 90 percent chance that conditions will be positive.

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