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SpaceX Falcon 9's Iridium satellite launch is a triumph of recycling

SpaceX Falcon 9's Iridium satellite launch is a triumph of recycling”

SpaceX is targetting a 10:13 a.m. EDT launch on Friday for the Iridium-5 NEXT mission.

The rocket, which was previously used for the Iridium 3 launch back in October, lifted off from the SpaceX Launch Complex Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:13 ET.

Shortly after launch, SpaceX is probably going to make another experimental attempt to guide the rocket's nose cone, also called a payload fairing, onto a passenger ship outfitted with a giant net. "The new satellites and services we're launching and continued strong subscriber growth are cementing our position as an industry leader and critical global communications platform and underscore the significant transformation we've undergone as a company over the last 10 years".

SpaceX did not seek to recover the booster after the launch, but did deploy a boat nicknamed "Mr. Steven" to attempt to catch one of the payload fairing halves as they fell toward the Pacific Ocean.

On Thursday, the US communications regulator gave formal approval to a plan by Elon Musk's SpaceX to build a global broadband network using satellites.

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The Iridium-NEXT satellites were launched Friday morning for McLean, Virginia-based satellite operator Iridium Communications, Efe reported.

According to Musk, SpaceX was unsuccessful in recovering the fairing. These Iridium launches have helped prove that the concept can indeed work, with Iridium becoming the first SpaceX customer to reuse Falcon rockets for its missions. However, a problem has encountered the parafoil on the fairing twisted and the object impacted the water at high speed.

A SpaceX engineer narrating Friday's launch broadcast told viewers the company was required by NOAA to cut the live feed early.

Matt Desch, CEO at Iridium posted a statement saying that the company has already crossed the mark of one million subscribers and counting just when SpaceX was preparing to launch the satellites into the orbit. It is scheduled to launch a cargo mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Doing helo drop tests in next few weeks to solve'.



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