The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 12:47 from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. Local time. The five space probes of Iridium gradually separated in about 65 minutes.
While SpaceX has recovered and reused the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, the company will no longer recycle that device from this launch. The rocket was a block 4 version that was designed for two to three reflectors of the same first stage.
SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will launch seven satellites on Tuesday with its Falcon 9 rocket: two NASA satellites and five commercial communications satellites. SpaceX said it was "very close" to catch the disguise but missed again. The first and second stages of the Falcon 9 will split seconds later. SpaceX has committed to a total of eight launches of Iridium NEXT with the goal of bringing 75 new satellites into orbit.
Iridium expects completion of the Iridium Next constellation by fall. Orbital ATK integrated the satellites in its factory in Gilbert, Arizona.
Watch the live launch of GRACE-FO! It is a successor of the original GRACE mission, also a USA. When driving over part of the earth where the strength of the gravitational field either increases or decreases, this affects the distance between the two spaceships a little. GRACE Follow-On will spend the next five years mapping the Earth's gravity to study the effects of climate change around the world. So, to get information on the distribution of the Earth below, the GRACE-FO satellites do not have to look down; instead, they "look" at each other and measure their separation by constantly sending microwave signals back and forth.
"You can not manage it well until you can measure it, GRACE-FO offers a unique ability to measure water in many of its phases, so we can better manage water resources." Sensors on the spacecraft will be able to collect radio coverage data from the Global Positioning System for atmospheric sounding, similar to that of the US COSMIC constellation and commercial Spire-operated commercial satellites.
NASA contributed $ 430 million to the new mission The German contribution was 77 million euros, officials said. GFZ spent approximately $ 91
Original story: SpaceX will make its tenth start to the year on Tuesday, a mission that serves two different customers