SpaceX launches rocket carrying 10 communication satellites
SpaceX launches rocket carrying 10 communication satellites
Liftoff! Used SpaceX Rocket Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit
02 April, 2018, 00:07
SpaceX said on Twitter about an hour after launch that all 10 satellites had been deployed.
It had never been done before.
SpaceX announced before the launch it would "not attempt to recover" the Falcon 9's first stage, as it did with the Iridium-3 mission the booster previously flew. Speaking on the subject of the fairing, Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, indicated that it would be easier to restore this part for a future flight provided that their recovery plans are successful.
The Iridium-5 NEXT Mission marked the fifth set of 10 satellites that Musk's SpaceX has launched for its customer's Iridium NEXT global satellite constellation. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch.
Elon Musk's ambitious aerospace venture is famous for placing a slew of cameras on its Falcon 9 rockets that provide unparalleled views from space. But now is still early in an experiment to make rocket flight more like air travel, opening doors to new endeavors in space and ultimately enabling Musk's dream of colonizing Mars. Aside from the rocket's majestically sooty exterior, the fog also revealed the curious presence of a full complement of landing legs (and grid fins) - presumably installed to give the flight-proven booster some false hope of survival ahead of what is nearly certainly an expendable launch.
"Now that launch companies are putting video cameras on stage 2 rockets that reach an on-orbit status, all such launches will be held to the requirements of the law and its conditions".
Desch added that they are stunned by the SpaceX's performance.
Blasting stuff into space is expensive. This is a protective metal shield used to cover the cargo as the rocket is en route to space and blasts through the atmosphere. Musk's long-repeated assertion: If rockets can be used over and over, spaceflight could become much cheaper. At $62 million for a new rocket, SpaceX already offers the lowest price in its class.
Falcon 9 disappears into the fog after a brief taste of sunlight.
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.
"Kudos to combined teams for working round the clock to resolve", Desch said. "People who are waiting for three rockets to launch every day of the year, I'm not sure we're quite there yet".
SpaceX announced the successful deployment of all 10 satellites.
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