SpaceX launches Irid­ium satel­lites

The News-Times - - BUSINESS -

A SpaceX rocket de­liv­ered

10 satel­lites to low-Earth or­bit on Fri­day, com­plet­ing a twoyear cam­paign by Irid­ium Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc. to re­place its orig­i­nal fleet with a new gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy and added global air­craft track­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. The Fal­con 9 rocket blasted off from Van­den­berg Air Force Base at

7:31 a.m. and arced over the Pa­cific west of Los Angeles. The pre­vi­ously used first stage was re­cov­ered again with a bulls­eye land­ing on a “drone­ship” in the ocean while the up­per stage con­tin­ued on to or­bit.

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