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SpaceX Satellites Launched, Rocket Hits Landing

SpaceX Satellites Launched, Rocket Hits Landing

By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:14 AM

SpaceX launched 10 communication satellites into Earth low orbit on Monday, then watched its spent Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster stick a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean, Space.com reported.

The launching and landing marked another success for Elon Musk's private spaceflight company, which has been trying to make space travel more routine and cost effective, the website stated. It was the 14th time SpaceX launched into space this year and it was the 17th time overall that the Falcon 9 first stage safely returned, making it available for reuse, Space.com noted.

Musk celebrated the launching of the satellites into space on Instagram.

"The last of 10 Iridium global communication satellites delivered to orbit several hundred miles above Earth, traveling at over 17,000 mph," Musk wrote on Instagram. "They will circle the planet every 90 minutes."

The SpaceX rocket launched at 5:37 a.m., Pacific time, Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the company said in a statement. After separation, Falcon 9's first stage made the successful return to Earth, per SpaceX.

The Iridium Next satellites host radio receivers for Aireon, an affiliate of Iridium established in partnership with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Ireland, Italy and Denmark, wrote the website Spaceflight Now.

TechCrunch reported that SpaceX will launch again Wednesday, sending an EchoStar and SES joint high-powered communications satellite in space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a reusable Falcon 9 first stage rocket.

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.

"Each successful launch brings us one step closer to both a technological and financial transformation," Iridium chief executive officer Matt Desch said in a statement. "One of our core strategies is to offer new services that are either flat out impossible or not easily replicated by more traditional 'bent pipe' and geostationary systems."

SpaceX is participating in eight launches that are sending a total of 75 Iridium satellites into space, according to the Iridium statement.

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