SpaceX set to launch satellites from California air base

Gwen Vasquez
June 27, 2017

The second rocket was launched on 25 June from California's Vandenberg Air Force at 16:25 PM ET.

Two days after SpaceX successfully launched a satellite from Florida, 10 communication satellites were launched aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket into orbit from California.

The 30th Space Wing weather officials are forecasting no issues, with a 100 percent chance of launch as of Friday morning. The rocket's primary payload was a set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, which will be included among a commercial network that aims to cover 100 percent of Earth.

After pushing the Iridium satellites into orbit, this [new core] Falcon 9 booster made the return voyage home and landed successfully on SpaceX's "Read the Instructions" drone ship.

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The craft was sent into orbit to put up ten Iridium satellites to improve mobile phone coverage. SpaceX eventually is looking to quicken its launch cadence by sending a Dragon 9 into space once every two weeks. Check out the interactive map below for the best spots. SpaceX has now delivered a total of 20 in a series of 75 satellites designed by Iridium to increase wireless speeds, improve aircraft tracking, and make it so anyone on Earth can contact anyone else from anywhere else.

The rocket carrying the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into orbit took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida shortly after noon. Musk's space mission company is also focussing on its initial test flight of a manned capsule. SpaceX is now the only company to hold the record for most successful launches in a year. There are six more Iridium Next missions scheduled over the next year. It has already launched more rockets in 2017 than any other year.

On Friday, SpaceX used a previously flown rocket booster that was used in a January mission.

The satellite constellation also aims to establish the infrastructure for Aireon's system created to provide aircraft surveillance and tracking service and Iridium Certus that works to offer L-band satellite broadband service.

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