SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base
LOS ANGELES: SpaceX rocket carries 10 communications satellites in orbit from California, two days after the company successfully launched to Florida satellite.
The Falcon 9 rocket exploded Sunday through the low tide at 13:25, Advanced Pacific Time (PDT) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles.
It carried a second batch of new Iridium communications satellites, which replaced its fleet in orbit with the constellation of satellites for the next generation.
About 7 minutes after takeoff, the first rocket actuator returned to Earth + and landed on a platform floated on a Pacific Ocean boat, while the second rocket passed carried satellites into orbit.
SpaceX Falcon 9 was launched this Friday by Cape Canaveral in Florida and launched satellite communications in orbit for Bulgaria. His first step was recovered after landing on an unmanned aircraft in the Atlantic.
Californian billionaire Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX in Hawthorne, believes that re-using rocket components reduces the cost of space launches.
Iridium plans to create 75 new satellites for the mobile voice and data system in mid-2018, which requires six launches, all for SpaceX.
McLean, Virginia’s 3 billion effort involves complex procedures to replace 66 operational satellites used for many years. Some of the new satellites are called spare orbiting satellites or more remain in orbit waiting to use if the latter do not work properly.
The exchange and decomposition of old satellites has already begun, said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, during a pre-launch call with the press.
Several former satellites have moved to lower orbits to use their remaining fuel and set up solar panels for maximum drag resistance to fit the atmosphere and burn.
The first round took place on June 11, according to Desch.
“It’s hard to celebrate something like that, but these satellites have almost 20 years of service and assurance that we have not cleaned up ourselves as we make use of our new constellation is a priority,” he said.
The new satellites also carry payloads for space tracking and aviation tracking Start-up real-time display of aircraft around the world, which has implications for efficiency, economy and security, in particular the distance from the air space in the oceans.
“This makes the truly revolutionary aspect of air traffic control,” said Don Thomas, CEO of Aireon.
The technology, which requires the aircraft of a team equipped with some equipment, are undergoing testing involving eight of the initial lots of Iridium NEXT.
The NEXT Iridium program will also put an end to so-called “Iridium flares,” whose space enthusiasts have been watching for years.
New satellites do not create visible flashes of reflected light as they pass overhead.
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