10 Satellites Launches by SpaceX from California (Download PDF)


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A SpaceX launched 10 communications satellites into orbit from California just after two days of successfully launched a satellite from Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket was launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles by low- lying fog at 1.25 pm pacific daylight time (PDT).

  • It has new satellites for Iridium Communications to replace its orbiting fleet with a next-generation constellation of satellites.
  • First-stage booster of the rocket was returned to the earth just after the 7 minutes of launch and land on a floating platform on a ship in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Whereas second stage of rocket was continued to carry the satellites toward orbit.
  • Previously, A SpaceX Falcon 9 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida and increases a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit just 2 day before this launched and its first stage was recovered after landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic.

About Falcon 9

  • Falcon 9 is two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles which was named after its use of nine first-stage engines, designed and manufactured by SpaceX.
 Image of Falcon 9

Image of Falcon 9

Image of Falcon 9

  • Versions Falcon 9 are:

    • Falcon 9 v1.0 (retired)
    • Falcon 9 v1.1 (retired)
    • Falcon 9 Full Thrust which is partially-reusable launch system.
  • Rocket engines powers both stages which burn liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellants.
  • The first stage is reusable and the second stage is not.

About SpaceX

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) American based aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company.
  • It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk.
  • It is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
  • Its main objective is reducing space transportation costs and also makes possible the colonization of Mars.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 4, 2017


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