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Falcon 9 launches 10 new @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to orbit; this was the eighth set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX has launched for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.
Falcon 9 and 10 Iridium NEXT satellites vertical on SpaceX’s California launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Tomorrow’s instantaneous launch window is at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC →
~60 minutes until Falcon 9 launch of Iridium-4. Launch webcast will go live about 15 minutes before liftoff →
Approved on the range – now targeting January 11 launch of Iridium-8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Weather is 60% favorable for the instantaneous launch opportunity at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC.
More photos from Falcon 9’s launch of Iridium-7 →
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete. Working with customer to determine best launch opportunity to complete the Iridium NEXT constellation; will announce targeted launch date once confirmed.
Falcon 9 is vertical on the SpaceX launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in advance of the Iridium-5 mission. All systems and weather are go for tomorrow's launch at 7:13 a.m. PDT, 14:13 UTC.
Falcon 9 fairing halves deployed their parafoils and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean last week after the launch of Iridium-6/GRACE-FO. Closest half was ~50m from SpaceX’s recovery ship, Mr. Steven.
Mission looks good. Started deploying the 10 Iridium satellites. Rocket is stable on the droneship.
Total(1) => 0.094168901443481 f_f_QM(2) => 0.090433120727539 indS(2) => 0.026916265487671 indM(2) => 0.063446760177612 indM_1(2) => 0.0029680728912354 indM_2(2) => 0.00089001655578613 indM_4(2) => 0.0036427974700928 indM_5(2) => 0.0060930252075195 indM_6(2) => 0.0038449764251709 indM_7(2) => 0.010967969894409 indM_8(2) => 0.0013298988342285 indM_9(2) => 0.008526086807251 indM_10(2) => 0.0078930854797363 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.0019800662994385 f_f_dT(19) => 0.0018362998962402