SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the spaceport in California
28 July, 2018, 14:35 | Author: Tara Reeves
In a streak of red and green, SpaceX'sFalcon 9 rocket successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base to bring 10 satellites into space. With the help of new devices will be voice and data transmission satellite Iridium phones.
The launch is programed for Wednesday at 7:39 a.m. EDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite will use onboard propulsion to circularize its orbit some 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers)-geostationary orbit-and move into the orbital slot at 63 degrees west to provide communications coverage between northern Canada and South America.
SpaceX had planned to catch the rocket's fairing with a giant net stretched across their recovery boat called Mr Steven, however, the boat was unable to catch the rocket nose.
Following the launch, the Falcon's first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on a barge - named "Just Read the Instructions" - floating in the Pacific Ocean, as the company continues its process of reusing rockets to save money on future missions.
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Forty-five seconds before liftoff, the SpaceX launch director verified the vehicle was "go" for launch. The company hopes to launch 30 times before the end of the year, which would mark the company's busiest year yet by far. The communication company Iridium plans to replace its satellites, having 10 of them launched now and others scheduled in a few months from now.
The company has begun to nail the landings pretty routinely, but has had limited success with recovering the fairings. 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.
Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the spacecraft is about 15,600 pounds (7,076 kilograms) and is created to operate for about 15 years.
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