WATCH: SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites, Lands First Ever Rocket on Drone Ship in Pacific Ocean
By Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer // July 26, 2018
rocket takes off, lands despite poor weather
ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX launched 10 Iridium Next communications satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California through thick fog on July 25, 2018. (Video by SpaceX)
(SPACE NEWS) – SpaceX launched 10 Iridium satellites today (July 25) in the seventh and penultimate launch required to complete the communications company’s new constellation.
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites took off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:39 a.m. EDT (1139 GMT, 4:39 a.m. local time).
The launch had a one-second window because of the precision needed for the satellite insertion, company spokesperson John Insprucker said during the launch broadcast.
The launch went smoothly, even though fog obscured the view of the rocket until after liftoff.
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ABOVE VIDEO: After launching 10 Iridium Next satellites through the really thick fog, the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket attempted to land on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean in the most challenging weather conditions the private spaceflight company ever faced….and they succeeded. (Video by SpaceX)
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