SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying 10 communication satellites to space

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What makes this launch extra special is that it was carried out by a used Falcon 9 rocket.

"Due to some restrictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric, NOAA for short, SpaceX will be intentionally ending live video coverage from the second stage just prior to engine shutdown", Hammersely said.

The launch will be the fifth SpaceX is contracted to conduct for Iridium.

"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.

Desch added that they are stunned by the SpaceX's performance.


After the launch, SpaceX said in a statement that it didn't have the proper license from NOAA to share live views from orbit. "We don't expect this restriction once we obtain a full license".

Iridium is created to operate with a constellation of 66 satellites. And then SpaceX will do it all over again with a Falcon 9 launch from Florida on Monday, sending supplies to the International Space Station. With Friday's launch, there were 50 newer-style Iridium satellites in space.

SpaceX successfully launched 10 new satellites Friday morning.

"Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe".

The Falcon 9's first stage was previously launched on an Iridium mission last October and was recovered. Five launches have been completed since January 2017. In total, 81 satellites are being built, with 66 in the operational constellation, nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares, reports Iridium Communications.


On a side note, in its efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle its rockets (and save a whole bunch of Earth dollars) SpaceX is hoping to catch some part of payload fairing from the Falcon 9 on its way back to the planet. The switch is meant to keep the constellation's completion on track for the middle of this year.

With the PAZ launch, the company tried this for the first time.

SpaceX has been working to flawless the process of recovering rockets to reduce the cost of space missions.

The company has a high-speed ship with an enormous net structure created to catch half of a fairing as it descends under a parafoil. Reacting to the issue, Musk said that helicopter drop tests would be conducted to solve the problem.


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