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SPACEX LAUNCH ADDS ANOTHER 10 SATELLITES TO IRIDIUM NEXT FLEET

SPACEX LAUNCH ADDS ANOTHER 10 SATELLITES TO IRIDIUM NEXT FLEET Ten more satellites for Iridium’s upgraded voice and data communications fleet rode a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into a nearly 400-mile-high orbit from California’s Central Coast Monday. A few minutes after liftoff, the booster’s first stage made a pinpoint landing on an offshore platform in the Pacific Ocean, adding to SpaceX’s string of successful rocket recoveries for refurbishment and reuse. The 10 French-designed, U.S.-built satellites deployed one-by-one from the Falcon 9’s second stage around an hour after launch. Live video from the launcher showed the spacecraft releasing from a specially-designed carrier module on the upper stage.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 10)

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