VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA- On Friday, March 30 at 7:13 a.m. PDT, SpaceX successfully launched the Iridium-5 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Pacific Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The first stage of the rocket launched on Friday had been used in October for a previous launch as part of the project, known as Iridium NEXT. The SpaceX rocket had been previously cast as a launch vehicle in January of a Bulgarian communications satellite.
This is the fifth set of 10 satellites that SpaceX has launched for Iridium, whose Dollars 3 billion project is expected to include a total of 81 satellites - with 75 launched by SpaceX.
While the firm planned to recover half of the payload fairing using the "Mr Steven" boat, which is described a giant webbed catcher's mitt, Elon Musk has since revealed the fairing missed its target and crashed into the ocean.
SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch. That means it will need a grand total of eight launches to get them all into space, so it won't be very long until we hear about the next one.
At least twice, SpaceX has guided fairing halves to soft landings in the ocean, according to Musk's social media pages.
The value of these fairings is about six million US dollars, and recovering and reusing them would save money for SpaceX.
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Iridium will be empowering their new Iridium Certusservice platform through the NEXT satellites to deliver enterprise-grade services across the globe, supporting HD video, low-bandwidth data apps, email and full internet access.
The company plans to have a total of 75 satellites launched into orbit by mid-2018.
In 2015, when Google made a $1 billion investment in the space company, SpaceX told investors it expected to generate significant revenue from its satellite constellation by 2020. The process of replacing the satellites one by one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.
Thanks to SpaceX's efforts to reuse hardware, its Falcon 9 rocket is drastically cheaper than competing rockets - and the customers keep lining up.
With 50 Iridium Next satellites now in orbit, plans call for three more Falcon launches to carry the final 25 satellites into space.
Under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is now developing the refinements that will enable Dragon to fly crew.
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