JAN 13, 2019 07:01 PM PST

Watch SpaceX Loft 10 Satellites Into Space At Once for Iridium

On Friday, SpaceX lofted a total of 10 Iridium satellites into space with a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket ignited its engines on a launch pad at Space Launch Complex 4E at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at approximately 7:31 A.M. local time (10:31 Eastern time).

As you might come to expect, SpaceX live-streamed the launch for the world to see. This footage, leftover from the launch, shows the rocket taking off from its launchpad to complete its primary mission. Around seven minutes later, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage fell back to Earth and landed upright on a drone ship that was stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

This launch was particularly crucial to SpaceX, not only because of the number of satellites that were tucked away in the rocket’s cargo hold but also because it completed a two-year contract with Iridium. Throughout the agreement, Iridium built up its NEXT satellite constellation, using SpaceX to put its multitude of satellites into orbit around the Earth. 

There was once a time when you could bet on SpaceX’s first stage landing odds with the flip of a coin, but the commercial space company has quickly developed one of the safest means of space travel in the industry today, and a fantastic reputation to go along with that.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
OCT 16, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 16, 2019
NASA Starts Testing the Waters for a Privatized International Space Station
The International Space Station is an integrated hub that permits international governments to send astronauts to outer space for the sake of conducting sp...
OCT 16, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 16, 2019
Here's Why Space Agencies Are So Interested in Studying Space Rocks
Space agencies all around the globe are continuously trying to learn more about the universe around us. One of the best ways to do that is to explore our v...
OCT 16, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 16, 2019
If You Missed SpaceX's 'Most Difficult Launch Ever' Yesterday, Then Watch This
In case you missed it, SpaceX conducted its ‘most difficult launch ever’ last evening. The launch involved a Falcon Heavy rocket with two side...
OCT 16, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 16, 2019
India's Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Mission Has Gone Terribly Wrong
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched a particularly important mission dubbed Chandrayaan-2 on July 22nd. Its long-term goal was to study...
OCT 16, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 16, 2019
NASA Assembles Final Sections of SLS Rocket Stage
NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System (SLS) rocket has seen delays time and time again due to several miscellaneous financial and manufacturing quandar...
OCT 16, 2019
Chemistry & Physics
OCT 16, 2019
2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Exoplanets and the Evolution of Our Universe
This Tuesday, October 8th, the Nobel Prize committee announced the winners of this year's Physics Nobel. Canadian cosmologist James Peebles, alongside...
Loading Comments...