SpaceX - Falcon 9 / Iridium Next patch.
October 9, 2017
Falcon 9 carrying 10 Iridium Next launch
On Monday, October 9, at 5:37 a.m. PDT, SpaceX successfully launched the Iridium-3 mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
SpaceX Iridium-3 Mission launch
This mission carried the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to their targeted orbit as part of a series of launches that will put a total of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, 75 of which will be launched by SpaceX for the Iridium Next mobile communications fleet.
Iridium Next satellite
Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landing on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
For more information about Iridium Next mobile communications, visit: https://www.iridium.com/network/iridiumnext
For more information about SpaceX, visit: http://www.spacex.com/
Images, Video, Text, Credits: SpaceX/Thales.