SpaceX Iridium-3 Mission Successful

SpaceX has successfully deployed 10 Iridium-3 satellites into Earth’s orbit as part of the company’s 8 launch contract with the communications provider. The SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:37 am PDT (12:37 GMT).

10 Iridium-3 satellites have been successfully deployed from a SpaceX Falcon 9.,
Following the early morning launch and a successful stage 1 separation, the Falcon 9 broke free of Earth’s orbit and the launch vehicle’s fairings separated successfully. After a successful second stage engine cutoff, it spent the next 45 minutes cruising to the site of the first satellite deployment. A short second stage restart then placed the vehicle into the correct orbit. Finally, the 10 Iridium-3 satellites were deployed at intervals of one every 100 seconds.

In addition to successfully deploying the 10 Iridium-3 satellites, SpaceX again successfully landed a Falcon 9’s first stage on the remote drone barge, “Just Read the Instructions”. Additionally, the launch was the third involving a refurbished first stage further proving SpaceX’s reusability model.

Many critics had said that reusing a launch vehicle’s first stage was simply not possible. SpaceX seems to be proving them wrong and competitors are rushing to develop their own version of the company’s model.

Andrew Parsonson is a space enthusiast and the founder of Rocket Rundown. He has worked as a journalist and blogger for various industries for over 5 years and has a passion for both fictional and real-life space travel. Currently, Andrew is the primary writer for Rocket Rundown as we look to expand our reach and credibility.