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SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base”

The recent launches of the aerospace company is the second of the eight missions, the first launch wrapped up in January. By that time SpaceX will have use of four launch pads, two in Florida with Pad 39A and LC-40 when it is repaired, SlC-4E at Vandenberg and a new launch pad at the under construction SpaceX launch facility in Texas near Brownsville.

Los Angeles-based space rocket developer SpaceX completed its launch on Sunday, putting ten Iridium satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, just north of Santa Barbara. The Sunday's initiative was the SpaceX's ninth thriving undertaking for this year with only six months down the line.

It was carrying 10 communications satellites for Iridium Communications to put them into orbit.

"After several weeks of fine-tuning, the next set of "slot swaps" will begin, bringing more Iridium NEXT satellites into operational service", Desch added.

Iridium Next has many goals. The company is likely to achieve even more as it plans to fix a spoilt pad at Cape Canaveral towards the end of the year to allow services from its Texas spaceport by the beginning of next year. Originally, Friday's launch was scheduled for last weekend, but due to a technical issue, it was postponed, notes The Verge.

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The mission followed a successful Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, boosting a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit.

The company sent its first used Falcon 9 into orbit in March, when the rocket successfully returned to orbit and landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX is the only company that has recovered, refurbished and then re-flown an orbital class rocket. All navigation equipment and engines performed as expected. The successful landing also marked SpaceX's 13th successful one this year. About 20 years ago, Delta II was able to launch rockets in three days apart. Satellite operators and the Pentagon will be closely observing the demonstration flight. "They do need more power and energy, but rocket has plenty of that", the executive said.

It's a significant development into frequent and reusable space flight.

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