SpaceX Launches Ten More Satellites for Iridium

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SpaceX began its launch Friday morning from the central coast of California, in an attempt to send Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit on a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast at around 7:13 a.m. local time.

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.

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In fact, the booster that launched today's Iridium-5 mission also launched 10 other Iridium Next satellites on October 9 during SpaceX's Iridium-3 mission. Once the launches are complete, there will be a total of 75 next-generation Iridium satellites in orbit. Since then, SpaceX has commonly landed the first stage of its two-stage Falcon 9 rockets and reused them on later flights.

"SpaceX applied and received a license from NOAA that included conditions on their capability to live-stream from space".

"We're working with NOAA to address these restrictions in order to hopefully be able to bring you live views from orbit in the future", the SpaceX engineer said. As SpaceX brings about a new variation of the Falcon 9 booster, known as "Block 5", older models are being discarded through expendable missions.

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Musk revealed in a tweet that his company was attempting the recovery of the fairing with a ship, named Mr Steven.

Per the reports, SpaceX used an recovered first stage booster which was recovered and refurbished to be used as the first stage in the Friday launch. The operator also said its satellite network, used to provide voice and data connectivity for governments, vehicles and other end users, passed 1 million active subscribers just prior to Friday's launch.

SpaceX was chosen to launch a constellation of 75 satellites in eight missions. He elaborated by pointing out that Iridium had to wait for days to get their satellites launched into the higher orbit last year, however, this year, the space agency has throttled its performance and has been accomplishment major feat its successful launches.

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"GPS guided parafoil twisted, so fairing impacted water at high speed", he said on Twitter. This spectacular launch represents the sixth launch of 2018, including the Falcon Heavy launch in February as well as the fifth Falcon 9 launch.