Iridium NEXT Mission 3
Video: Iridium payload released from Falcon 9 rocket in orbit
SpaceX launch adds another 10 satellites to Iridium Next fleet
Video: Launch to landing replay of Monday’s Falcon 9 flight
Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from California, lands in Pacific
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket at 5:37 a.m. PDT (8:37 a.m. EDT; 1237 GMT) Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the third set of 10 new-generation satellites for Iridium’s voice and data relay network. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster successfully landed on a platform in the Pacific Ocean a few minutes after liftoff.
Photos: SpaceX preps Falcon 9 rocket for launch from Vandenberg
Timeline for Falcon 9’s third launch of Iridium satellites
Iridium’s third batch of new satellites set for Monday launch
SpaceX sets target launch dates for back-to-back flights next month
SpaceX engineers are readying two Falcon 9 rockets for launches Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 from Florida and California, setting up another quick turnaround to first deploy a large TV broadcasting satellite for SES and EchoStar over the United States with a previously-flown booster, then add 10 more spacecraft to Iridium’s fleet of new-generation voice and data relay network.