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.
The visitors made two changes for the second half as Tom Carroll and a Tammy Abraham replaced Ki Sung-yeung and Nathan Dyer . First half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez fired Manchester United to an important victory over Swansea City .
IL health officials say one person has died after experiencing severe bleeding following the use of synthetic cannabinoids. Shah says they're unsafe because it's hard to know what chemicals they contain or what an individual's reaction will be.
Ingraham sparked major outcry after she said that James and Wade should "shut up and dribble" rather than commenting on politics. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight, ' he wrote.
Gopalrao, a postal clerk was determined to educate his wife when she expressed her wish to study medicine at the age of 14. Her ashes were sent to Theodicia Carpenter, who placed them in her family cemetery in Poughkeepsie, New York.
They appear on a single ticket sold at a Lukoil gas station in Riverdale, New Jersey, the New Jersey Lottery said on Twitter . The drawing follows a March 27 Mega Millions drawing that was the twenty-third in a row without a jackpot-winning ticket.
A precise backhand down the line put him 40-15 ahead and the second break point was converted with a delicate touch at the net. And he's never lost once he reaches the semifinals at this level, though the lose set he did lose was to Isner at Rome.
I'm just trying to fight for every point and be more consistent and I think I'm getting there in my form. Collins won an impressive 66 percent of her service points as she was only broken once by Williams.
Prosecutors appealed that decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals , the state's intermediate appeals court. On Thursday (local time), the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld the ruling, granting Syed a new trial .
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Russia mourns victims of mall fire
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'Ready Player One' recaptures that old Spielberg magic
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