SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites


The company SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 with the ten communication satellites Iridium.

It is the first time that the company is having one mission for a first stage landing and the recovery of payload that will be done by catcher ship Mr. Steven.

The event, broadcast live from SpaceX's webcast page, was the firm' s second launch of the week, after another Falcon 9 rocket departure from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday saw the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite carried into orbit.

"All 10 satellites have deployed into an on-target orbit", Spaceflight Now's Stephen Clark reported at 8:53 a.m. ET. Initially, 77 satellites were required to provide worldwide service, but the number is now reduced to 66. It is expected that after today's launch of the satellite constellation network will increase to 65 from 75 planned. There was a 40 percent chance of unfavorable weather occurring during the four-hour launch window.

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

The primary goal will be to deliver a group of satellites into orbit for its customer Iridium, a satellite operator that's building a next-generation communications network. "We've come a long way, and we are particularly excited to see the financial transformation enabled by the completion of the Iridium NEXT system and the associated drop in capital expenditures".

The $3 billion Iridium Next constellation carries more powerful L-band payloads capable of providing up to 1.4 Mbps of connectivity to boats, planes and various satellite-connected devices. Nine of the satellites launched will serve as in-orbit spares, and the remaining six will be ground spares.

That booster made its own successful landing on SpaceX's Atlantic drone ship, christened "Of Course I Still Love You".