SpaceX Rocket Loudly Departs Vandenberg AFB for Third Iridium Next Mission

But SpaceX flew no additional missions after September 1 previous year, standing down following a fueling mishap that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its payload on the launch pad.

SpaceX on Monday launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company, Iridium.

Once the satellites are launched, SpaceX will attempt a return landing of the rocket's reusable first stage booster at its "Just Read The Instructions" landing pad (autonomous spaceport drone ship) floating in the Pacific.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on October 9 to Launch 10.

Less than hour after liftoff, each Iridium Next satellite was expected to be deposited in space every 100 seconds, with full deployment taking approximately 15 minutes. This will be the third set of satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium. Iridium uses a large constellation of spacecraft in low Earth orbit to provide mobile satellite communications all over the world.

Today was the first flight of this particular Falcon 9 first-stage booster, a company representative told

SpaceX has always been obsessed with reducing the cost of spaceflight by employing reusable rockets that can launch multiple missions.

On Monday, the SpaceX will attempt to launch 10 satellites into the orbit about 700km above the Earth for Iridium, reported ArsTechnica. If successful, it'll be the third time that SpaceX has reused a Falcon 9 - and if the vehicle lands post-launch, it'll also be the third to do so. But the main problem is the company needs to deploy all the satellites in orbit before it begins to provide those advanced communication services to its users.



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