Watch SpaceX Launch 10 Satellites Into Orbit

Saul Bowman
April 1, 2018

SpaceX will set off one of its Falcon 9 rockets to deliver a group of satellites for communications firm Iridium.

Last year, Iridium flagged off a campaign to launch eight missions to the destined orbit with SpaceX where it sent 10 satellites in each launch that took place in January, June, October, and December 2017.

In another major feat for Elon Musk's SpaceX, the company on Friday successfully launched 10 next-generation satellites for Iridium Communications. The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket and the payload comprised of the Iridium satellites were in "great shape", Desch tweeted Tuesday evening.

Shortly after launch, SpaceX is probably going to make another experimental attempt to guide the rocket's nose cone, also called a payload fairing, onto a passenger ship outfitted with a giant net.


A SpaceX engineer narrating Friday's launch broadcast told viewers the company was required by NOAA to cut the live feed early. "We're working with NOAA to address these restrictions in order to hopefully be able to bring you live views from orbit in the future". This is most likely due to NOAA' action of issuing a license for SpaceX which includes certain conditions related to their live streaming capabilities from space. The contract between the two companies will result in the launch of 75 Iridium Next satellites. With Friday's launch, there were 50 newer-style Iridium satellites in space. Once complete, the constellation will consist of 66 active satellites, nine orbiting spares and six ground spares.

SpaceX has been working to ideal the process of recovering rockets to reduce the cost of space missions. And then SpaceX will do it all over again with a Falcon 9 launch from Florida on Monday, sending supplies to the International Space Station.

Multiple companies are rushing to be the first to deploy satellite constellations to provide broadband data connections, taking advantage of advances in miniature electronics and batteries, as well as cheaper launch costs, to fill the globe's apparently endless demand for more connectivity. Musk said the fairing landed in the water "a few hundred meters" away from Mr. Steven.

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