Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium satellites

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium satellites

But SpaceX confirmed it was a miss, and strong winds at sea were a factor.

Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base occurred on time at 4:39 a.m. PT, amid fog so thick that the two-stage rocket's ascent could only be seen as a bright spot in the murk.

As usual, SpaceX safely landed the rocket's reusable first stage.

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Despite the weather conditions, the launch was successful. Using cold gas thrusters, the booster turned around by almost 180 degrees to prepare itself for an entry burn some six minutes into the flight. In order to catch the fairing, the network on the ship Mr. Steven has increased four times.

Today's effort came oh so close, but not close enough.

"The weather in the Pacific is bad".

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We will remind, the spacecraft Crew Dragon brought to the research center NASA them. The Iridium network is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 crosslinked satellites for a total of 66 in the operational constellation.

One by one, the satellites took their place in Iridium's next-generation constellation, created to provide enhanced broadband services across the globe. Though SpaceX's rocket reusability has become routine, Wednesday's weather conditions made the feat more hard. "Ten for 10, a clean sweep again", Insprucker declared. This was SpaceX's 14th launch of the year with the company flying a new "Block 5 Booster".

According to SpaceX, the satellite is the latest in a new generation of Telesat satellites that are optimized to serve the types of bandwidth intensive applications increasingly in demand by users worldwide. Overall, SpaceX has launched 13 rockets this year (including the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy in February 2018) and is expect to launch almost as many before the year concludes.

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