A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with 10 new Iridium Next satellites will launch on Friday, March 30, 2018, from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Orbiting Military Base in California
SpaceX will launch a new series of Iridium communications satellites on a used Falcon 9 rocket this morning (March 30) and you can watch the launch live.
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Today's mission, named Iridium-5, will be the fifth of eight SpaceX flights for Iridium Communications, a constellation of 75 Iridium Next satellites by mid-2018. Upon completion, the constellation will consist of 66 operational satellites and nine spare parts in orbit consist. SpaceX launched the first four missions (a total of 40 satellites) in 2017.
SpaceX initially planned to launch the Iridium 5 mission on Thursday (March 29), but forced a technical disruption with one of the satellites delay. After a possible slip-up on the weekend, the error was fixed on Tuesday.
"Falcon 9 and payload are healthy – Vandenberg's teams are now planning on Friday, March 30 at 7:13 pm PDT for the launch of Iridium-5" SpaceX representative wrote on Twitter Wednesday ,
For Iridium-5 SpaceX uses the same Falcon 9 first-stage boosters that launched 10 Iridium Next satellites in October 2017 on the Iridium-3 mission. Iridium Communications became SpaceX's first customer to fly satellites on the same rocket last December when the Iridium 4 mission launched on a booster that also flew the Iridium 2 mission earlier this year.
SpaceX, however, will not try to reach the destination Iridium 5 booster on its drone ship on the West Coast Just read the instructions for offshore missile landings.
Today's launch is the first of two missions in four days for the SpaceX of Hawthorne, California. Another used Falcon 9 rocket will launch an unmanned Dragon cargo ship (also previously flown) to deliver NASA cargo to the International Space Station.
This cargo mission will launch from SpaceX's pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with Dragon arriving at the Space Station on Wednesday (April 4)