Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

The first launch occurred on Friday, when SpaceX's second ever recycled Falcon 9 booster was used to put a satellite into orbit for Bulgarian TV service provider Bulsatcom.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard launches from pad 39A at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida June 3, 2017.

The following is SpaceX's statement released after today's launch of Iridium®'s 10 NEXT satellites.

So far, SpaceX has safely recovered 13 Falcon 9 boosters, eight of which have been at sea via one of its two drone ships. The Sunday's initiative was the SpaceX's ninth thriving undertaking for this year with only six months down the line.

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What a time to be alive - what a time for aerospace engineering: SpaceX, under the helm of Elon Musk, has successfully launched and landed the second Falcon 9 rocket in just roughly 48 hours.

Images released by SpaceX, its Falcon 9 rocket sows its main engine cutoff, left, and stage separation confirmed.

The private space company confirmed that the 10 satellites were successfully deployed as per the plan. This system thus provides a global communications network, that have data transmitters connected to hand-help phones, machine-to-machine devices as well as cruise and aircraft. Then, just minutes later, and a few hundred miles down-range, the rocket's first stage landed on its floating "Of course I still love you' barge".

A SpaceX rocket has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in the second half of a weekend double-launch for the company.

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Mr Musk also posted a sped up video of the rocket landing on Instagram. The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.

"SpaceX has been a disruptor of the long-time status quo of the commercial space industry", Iridium chief Matt Desch said, CNBC reports. "Rocket is extra toasty and hit the deck hard (used nearly all of the emergency crush core), but otherwise good", Musk said after Friday's landing.

SpaceX crossed multiple milestones this weekend with the launches marking the company's fastest turnaround yet.

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