VIDEO: SpaceX Iridium Successfully Launches From Vandenberg Air Force Base
By Space Coast Daily // January 11, 2019
deployed all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites
ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX is targeting Friday, January 11 for the launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA (SpaceX) – On Friday, January 11 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched the eighth and final set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.
Falcon 9’s first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes after launch.
Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed on SpaceX’s “Just Read the Instructions” droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
Falcon 9’s first stage for the Iridium-8 mission previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018.
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