SpaceX to Launch Satellite with Pre-Flown Rocket Tonight

Credit Gene Blevins  LA Daily News

Credit Gene Blevins LA Daily News

The launch was the first of two planned this week by SpaceX.

The rocket carried 10 satellites mounted on a two-tier dispenser atop the Falcon 9 second stage. Up until this point, each endeavor to arrive a Falcon 9 this year has been a success.

Watch a replay from a camera mounted on-board SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it released one of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites Monday almost 400 miles above Earth. While still experimental, it is nearly certain that SpaceX also attempted to recover the vehicle's payload fairing, created to autonomously parachute onto what Elon Musk has affectionately deemed a giant "bouncy castle" floating in the ocean.

Thirteen of the 20 Iridium Next satellites launched to date are in service while the other seven are drifting to their designated orbital planes, Jordan Hassin, an Iridium representative stated, per Spaceflight Now. When the present launch is finished, SpaceX will rapidly swing to its next mission in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The satellite launched on Wednesday will provide high-definition broadcasts to the U.S. and other parts of North America.

Falcon 9's first stage previously supported SpaceX's 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station in February.

Musk celebrated the launching of the satellites into space on Instagram. On 25 June, they launched the second batch during SpaceX's "weekend doubleheader" when it launched back-to-back Falcon 9 rocket launches and landings in just 48 hours. SpaceX will launch all 75, in another four launches of 10 at a time and a final launch of just five.

The Falcon 9's liftoff was one of three launches scheduled in the course of 24 hours. Up until this point, the climate is looking entirely useful for launch, with a 90 percent chance that conditions will be positive. The launch and flight will be streamed live.

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