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SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites on March 29

SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites on March 29

SpaceX is all set to make its next launch on March 29. The powerful Falcon 9 rocket will be used to launch 10 Iridium NEXT-5 satellites from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Based in California at 07:19:49 PST. The last two months have been very successful for SpaceX with five launches. SpaceX earlier fixed a target of 30 Falcon 9 launches to achieve within this year of which, five Falcon 9 launches will be executing within a period of one month from the end of March to April 2018.

Iridium Communication Inc recently announced that its 10 NEXT satellites are already at the Vandenberg Air Force Base where it will be launched on March 29 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket which has already proven its caliber. As per the manifest, the next 10 satellites that will be released in the orbit that will make a total of 50 satellites under the next-gen constellation of Iridium Communications. Once deployed on the plane I, the satellites will go into service immediately. SpaceX has been roped in to cover the launch of 75 other NEXT satellites over eight consecutive launches in 2018.

According to the launch manifest posted by Iridium, three of five launches will be executed within a period of just a week. SpaceX plans to execute launches of total 75 satellites to complete the Iridium satellite constellation by mid-2018. SpaceX was successful in pulling off 18 missions last year after which, Elon Musk quoted that it would aim to achieve the target of 30 launches this year. Also, apart from the various Falcon 9 launches this year, the next powerful Falcon Heavy will be launched by June 2018. Further, SpaceX has BFR in the pipeline which will be the largest and the most powerful rocket built by SpaceX till date.

Similar to other launches executed by SpaceX, the live feed will soon broadcast on its website.

 

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