SpaceX launches 10 satellites, but Dollars 6 million nose cone crashes

01 April, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Tara Reeves
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In fact, the rocket that shuttled Iridium's satellites into orbit today was used in the third Iridium launch back on October 9.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has carried 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, bringing the total number of Iridium satellites in orbit to 50.

Skip to the 21:40-mark to see the launch at T-10. The company attempted such a recovery during a February launch, but the fairing missed the net by "a few hundred meters". 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.

'Today is also the one year anniversary of the first time we flew a flight proven Falcon 9 first stage'. This is a protective metal shield used to cover the cargo as the rocket is en route to space and blasts through the atmosphere.

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A SpaceX engineer narrating Friday's launch broadcast told viewers the company was required by NOAA to cut the live feed early. The cone splits into two pieces to deploy its payload, and while the company is only trying to recover one half of it today, in the future it is expected that both fairing halves will be captured by boats for reuse in later missions. However, a problem has encountered the parafoil on the fairing twisted and the object impacted the water at high speed. Well, the good news at least is that SpaceX does not expect to face a similar issue with its next launch.

SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on April 2 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to resupply the International Space Station.

It was not immediately clear why a remote sensing license was an issue for SpaceX on Friday's mission when SpaceX has live streamed the launch of previous missions without issue. Part of a $3 billion project, this was the fifth such launch for Iridium with three more scheduled later this year.

However, despite the boat taking its designated position in the Pacific, official reports announced later that day, that the fairing's parafoil, unfortunately, got tangled during its plummet towards earth and crashed into the Pacific with severe impact, which likely destroyed the "bulbous payload" structure. However, the recovery of the fairing is certainly something that the company would like to accomplish.


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