Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Watch SpaceX Launch 10 Satellites Into Orbit

321 Launch App Brings Live Rocket Experience to Mobile Devices Watch SpaceX Launch 10 Satellites Into Orbit
Sherry Houston | 02 April, 2018, 00:56

Iridium confirmed the health of the satellites in a post-launch release, saying all 10 "have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center and are preparing to begin testing".

The launch of used Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry the Dragon cargo ship, is the source of attention for space launch enthusiasts who eagerly await the next in a string of exciting missions in store for SpaceX.

"This is the first approval of a US -licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies", the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement.

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. This is the fifth launch for the company, carrying 10 satellites in what will eventually be a constellation of 75 communications satellites called Iridium Next.

While SpaceX typically provides live video of its non-classified launches through payload separation, SpaceX ended Friday's video feed shortly before the rocket's second-stage engine stopped firing. As SpaceX brings about a new variation of the Falcon 9 booster, known as "Block 5", older models are being discarded through expendable missions. With Friday's launch, there were 50 newer-style Iridium satellites in space. Since the older satellites had overperformed excessively, Iridium made a decision to invest a fortune of $3 billion to upgrade its services and increase subscribers base and to offer seamless and uninterrupted data, voice, and other services unlike others falling to meet the needs of the customers. Each launch strategically delivers new satellites to specific orbital planes to ensure the earliest possible completion of the constellation. "The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before".

It was the second flight for the Falcon 9's first stage, which was first used in a previous Iridium launch.

"GPS guided parafoil twisted, so fairing impacted water at high speed", Musk tweeted.

The Iridium-5 NEXT Mission launched at 7:13 a.m.

Musk said SpaceX will conduct helicopter drop tests with payload fairings in the coming weeks to improve recovery efforts.

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