SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket of the year this morning out of California — a flight that will also mark the first orbital mission of 2019 for the US. The company will be sending up 10 satellites for long-time customer Iridium. After takeoff, SpaceX will attempt its first rocket landing of the year by touching down on an autonomous drone ship in the Pacific. Today’s flight, called Iridium-8, will send up the final batch of satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation. SpaceX has held a contract with Iridium to launch all 75 in-orbit satellites for the constellation, which will provide telecommunications coverage from low Earth orbit. The constellation is a replacement and upgrade of Iridium’s original satellite fleet,... Continue reading…

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from Phys.org

In Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches the Last Iridium Next Communications Satellites

SpaceX launched its eighth and final batch of Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit on Jan. 11, 2019. See photos of the historic mission here!

Fri 18 Jan 19 from SPACE.com

SpaceX launches final 10 satellites for Iridium

SpaceX on Friday blasted off a payload of global communications satellites for Iridium, marking the first launch of 2019 for the California-based company headed by Elon Musk.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from Daily Mail

SpaceX rocket blasts final round of Iridium satellites into orbit - CNET

A recycled Falcon 9 carries the satellite baton across the space finish line.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from SPACE.com

You Can Watch SpaceX Launch 10 Satellites and Land a Rocket Today! Here's How.

SpaceX will launch 10 communications satellites and attempt a rocket landing Friday morning (Jan. 11), and you can watch all the action live.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from SPACE.com

SpaceX set for its first launch of 2019 on Friday

18 missions in 2017. 21 missions in 2018. How many this year?

Thu 10 Jan 19 from Ars Technica

Final SpaceX Launch of Iridium Next Communications Constellation Targeted for Jan. 11

SpaceX's final launch of the Iridium Next communications constellation has been delayed again, according to the satellite company, with liftoff now targeted for no earlier than Jan. 11.

Wed 9 Jan 19 from SPACE.com

SpaceX delivers Iridium NEXT satellites to space in first launch of 2019

SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket delivered the final batch of Iridium NEXT satellites into space on Friday morning.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from UPI

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