SpaceX to launch second new Falcon 9 rocket in three days

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SpaceX launches penultimate Iridium Next mission

The next Falcon 9 launch is now expected to occur at 4:39 a.m. PDT (7:39 a.m. EDT / 11:39 GMT) July 25, 2018, at SpaceX's West Coast launch pad in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. It is as well the second last mission of the eight planned missions for the Iridium satellites.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast at 4:39 a.m. local time.

These satellites to replace orbiting satellites of the previous generation.

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Launch commentator John Insprucker downplayed the chances for a successful landing on the ship, named "Just Read the Instructions", because of challenging weather conditions. The firm was also speculated to attempt to catch the rocket's fairing with a giant net stretched across a boat called Mr. Steven.

About 7.5 minutes later, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on a droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

A Block 5 Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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The still-in-development Ariane 6 will be meant to compete with SpaceX's cheaper reusable launch systems, though it is likely that by the time it debuts the latter company will have significantly bypassed it on cost savings. "These conditions are the worst, which was when trying to land the first stage on an automatic platform", he told reporters portal the representative of the company Ilona Mask. The company is designing to instigate 10 more Iridium satellites in this constellation.

Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the spacecraft is about 15,600 pounds (7,076 kilograms) and is created to operate for about 15 years. The cost of the fairing of Falcon 9 rockets is estimated at $6 million, or 10% of the total cost of the rocket.

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