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Falcon 9 lifts off in a veil of fog

Falcon 9 lifts off in a veil of fog

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, July 25 for the launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. With the help of new devices will be voice and data transmission satellite Iridium phones.

Prior to the launch, Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, nearby at Patrick Air Force Base, took off in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to secure the Eastern Range ensuring there was no one in harm's way while the rocket lifted off. The satellite will use onboard propulsion to circularize its orbit some 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers)-geostationary orbit-and move into the orbital slot at 63 degrees west to provide communications coverage between northern Canada and South America.

Before the launch Space.com noted that a second ship, Mr Steven, may be dispatched to capture the rocket's fairing with an upgraded net after a yet another failed attempt in June. Then some 16 minutes before launch, pumps began filling the second stage with liquid oxygen as well.

After the Falcon 9's nine first stage Merlin 1D engines ignited, their combined 1.7 million pounds (7,600 kilonewtons) of thrust propelled the vehicle off the pad to send its 15,600-pound (7,076-kilogram) payload skyward. So far, though, we haven't heard when the company hopes to relaunch a block 5 for the first time. But they had a successful landing on the drone ship. This makes the aggregate of launched satellites by Falcon 9 up to 65. Only one more launch of 10 satellites remains until the Iridium NEXT network is completed, ushering in a new era of capabilities, like the Iridium Certus broadband service and Aireon real-time aircraft surveillance system.

Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the spacecraft is about 15,600 pounds (7,076 kilograms) and is created to operate for about 15 years.

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