SpaceX launched 10 Iridium satellites in the seventh and penultimate launch today (July 25) to complete the communications company's new configuration.
The Falcon 9 rocket, which carries the satellites, departed at 7:39 am EDT (1139 GMT, local time 04:39 am local time) from the California Air Force Base Vandenberg. The launch had a one-second window because of the precision needed for satellite insertion, company spokesman John Insprucker said during the launch. The start went smoothly, although fog obscured the view of the rocket until after the start.
SpaceX hoped to have two separate naval tasks in addition to the launch: the first stage of the missile on the drone ship "Just Read" to catch the instructions "and the disguise of the rocket with a second boat, which, to this day, no launch The company knew that both boat maneuvers would be difficult today. "The weather in the Pacific is bad," said Insprucker. "We have troubled seas."
"[The conditions are] the worst we've ever had we tried to get into a first stage on the drone ship, "he later said on the show, but the company soon confirmed in a tweet that the missile landed successfully on the drone ship – despite initial confusion over lack of illumination Landing Platform.
Falcon 9 and Iridium-7 went vertical this morning on the SpaceX launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the weather is 90% off for tomorrow's start m 4:39 pm PDT, 11:39 UTC. https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zGw49C1UTP
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 24, 2018
Viewers had hoped the company would try disguising the Rocket with "Mr. Steven", a boat equipped with a huge net. In early July, the company tweeted photos of the boat with an upgraded network four times larger than the previous version, stating that it was targeting another recovery attempt later in the month, and today's launch was the last of the month.  Mr. Steven – now with more network. SpaceX's panel recovery ship has been equipped with a 4x larger net before it will come to its next reconquest attempt next month. https://t.co/cjXvzg1H70 pic.twitter.com/AdAwPP30OU
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 13, 2018
SpaceX could not specify when it would know when it started whether Mr. Steven was successful, but a later update confirmed that the weather was too hard for the maneuver. "They saw the payload fairing come down, but they could not catch it on the net," Insprucker announced shortly after 8:30 am EDT (1230 GMT).
The Iridium satellites should be ready for use approximately one hour after take-off and should be put into operation after the start phase of the take-off phase. They will bring the constellation to 75 satellites, which, with 10 additional units scheduled to launch later this year, will carry out tracking procedures on devices connected to the so-called Internet of Things.
Today's start followed a start from the other side On the 2nd of August a third start will take place.
Editor's note : This story has been updated to include additional details about the attempt to catch and use the satellite about 50 minutes after landing