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SpaceX launch: Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base


The $3-billion United States project is scheduled for completion this year, with a total of 75 new satellites in orbit.

Iridium confirmed the health of the satellites in a post-launch release, saying all 10 "have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center and are preparing to begin testing".

The Iridium-5 NEXT Mission marked the fifth set of 10 satellites that Elon Musk's SpaceX has launched for its customer's Iridium NEXT global satellite constellation.

The Falcon 9 lifted off from the station at 7.13 am and placed the satellites into the Earth's orbit about an hour later.

Desch quickly followed up Tuesday evening, saying in a tweet "there has been a technical resolution" to the problem and the launch was now be set for Friday.




"We're working with NOAA to address these restrictions in order to hopefully be able to bring you live views from orbit in the future", the SpaceX engineer said. This is most likely due to NOAA' action of issuing a license for SpaceX which includes certain conditions related to their live streaming capabilities from space. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, April 2, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Friday's launch involved a recycled first-stage booster, initially flown for the third Iridium Next mission in October and marked the second Iridium flight to reuse rocket stages. According to SpaceX, the company will not attempt to recover the rocket after today's planned launch.

On Thursday, the USA communications regulator gave formal approval to a plan by Elon Musk's SpaceX to build a global broadband network using satellites. He elaborated by pointing out that Iridium had to wait for days to get their satellites launched into the higher orbit last year, however, this year, the space agency has throttled its performance and has been accomplishment major feat its successful launches.

Through the low-Earth orbiting satellites, Iridium aims to deliver broadband Internet service to places across the globe where land-base cellular technology isn't available. Doing helo drop tests in next few weeks to solve'.

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