Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Launch of Iridium satellites successful

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Stacy Houston | 02 April, 2018, 00:57

This launch marks the fifth set of satellites to be sent into space for the global communications company Iridium.

Elon Musk rocket company live streamed part of the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Iridium confirmed the health of the satellites in a post-launch release, saying all 10 "have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center and are preparing to begin testing". These Iridium launches have helped prove that the concept can indeed work, with Iridium becoming the first SpaceX customer to reuse Falcon rockets for its missions.

The Iridium project, though less flamboyant, will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network of low-Earth orbit satellites in one of the largest "tech upgrades" in history, improving mobile, voice and data networks, Iridium has said. The 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched today were successfully delivered to orbital plane one where they will replace first generation satellites over the next 30 days.

That rocket is scheduled to lift off Monday afternoon from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is most likely due to NOAA' action of issuing a license for SpaceX which includes certain conditions related to their live streaming capabilities from space.

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"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. The mission lasted approximately 75 minutes.

Falcon 9 fairings have thrusters that can guide it using Global Positioning System back toward a target then use parafoils - a type of parachute that works in high altitudes - to slow it down and have it land on nets held open by a ship with a "giant mitt" called Mr Steven. Final launches are expected to be completed this year.

SpaceX will not attempt to make another recovery of the rocket's first stage after Friday's launch. Since the older satellites had overperformed excessively, Iridium chose to invest a fortune of $3 billion to upgrade its services and increase subscribers base and to offer seamless and uninterrupted data, voice, and other services unlike others falling to meet the needs of the customers.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter the fairing "impacted water at high speed", without confirming explicitly if the landing was successful or not.

"It's a giant steel and webbing catcher's mitt superstructure on a high-speed ocean ship".

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