SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

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SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

A few minutes after liftoff, SpaceX managed to nail the landing of the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on the droneship named "Just Read the Instructions" in the Pacific Ocean. This morning, SpaceX is set to launch another of its Falcon 9 rockets from Vandenberg, California, sending 10 satellites into space for communication organization Iridium.

The Falcon 9 will carry a high-powered communications satellite, which will work double-duty for the US -based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based SES. SpaceX said the EchoStar 105/SES-11 has a two hour launch window opening today, Wednesday, October 11 at 6:53 p.m. EDT (22:53 UTC). A backup launch window was scheduled for Thursday just in case the mission has to be scrubbed Wednesday. SpaceX will also be trying to recover the Falcon 9 first stage yet again, with a landing at see aboard its autonomous drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You'. For a nascent technology offering as complex as a reused rocket, this ought to assuage any doubts that SpaceX is not utterly committed to its pursuit of affordable access to orbit by way of launch vehicle reusability. It will happen at the same launch pad that was used for the Apollo missions and space shuttle launches in the past.

The EchoStar payload contains a "high-powered hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite", according to SpaceX.

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

The launch will be broadcast live online and visitors to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral are welcome to watch the launch. SpaceX refurbished the booster core from the January 14, 2017, Iridium flight and used it to launch a Bulgarian communications satellite on June 23.

To date, SpaceX has landed Falcon 9 first stages on 17 separate occasions, the latest being Monday's mission (Oct. 9th).

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