Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Follow the SpaceX rocket launch

Follow the SpaceX rocket launch

The rocket successfully deployed 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to low Earth orbit about an hour after launch, Iridium said. A group of satellites, Iridium NEXT to replace on-orbit satellites of the previous generation.

The launch is programed for Wednesday at 7:39 a.m. EDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. An attempt to catch the rocket fairing on another ship was not successful. The weather was predicted to have a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions with evening rain showers lasting longer into the night than typical for the area. Then some 16 minutes before launch, pumps began filling the second stage with liquid oxygen as well. "Despite the hard weather conditions, the first stage-upper stage of the Falcon 9 landed", - stated in the message.

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After the Falcon 9's nine first stage Merlin 1D engines ignited, their combined 1.7 million pounds (7,600 kilonewtons) of thrust propelled the vehicle off the pad to send its 15,600-pound (7,076-kilogram) payload skyward. The company says that can use Falcon 9 Block 5 more than ten times.

Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the spacecraft is about 15,600 pounds (7,076 kilograms) and is created to operate for about 15 years. In total, 81 satellites are being built with 75 planned for launch.

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SpaceX will continue its ambitious launch schedule with another Falcon 9 launch set for August 2.

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They launched 10 additional Iridium satellites in this constellation, making it the seventh launch of the series, as per a company statement.

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