Relativity books up to six launches for Iridium, reveals plans for Vandenberg pad
Relativity Space, a small launch startup aiming to fly its orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral for the first time next year, announced Wednesday it has signed a contract with Iridium for up to six launches of the company’s spare communications satellites. Relativity also announced it plans to develop a second launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to allow for missions to polar orbits.
SpaceX begins 2019 with eighth and final launch for upgraded Iridium network
Launch timeline for SpaceX’s eighth mission for Iridium
Live coverage: SpaceX launches first Falcon 9 mission of the year
SpaceX kicked off its 2019 launch campaign with a mission Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 more upgraded communications satellites into orbit to complete a refresh of Iridium’s voice and data relay network. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket occurred at 7:31 a.m. PST (10:31 a.m. EST; 1531 GMT).
Iridium eager to complete upgraded network with Falcon 9 launch Friday
Video: Falcon 9 lifts off in a veil of fog
SpaceX’s second launch in three days lofts 10 more Iridium satellites
Firing through a veil of fog blanketing California’s Central Coast, a Falcon 9 launcher climbed into orbit Wednesday with 10 more satellites for Iridium’s voice and data relay constellation, pushing the upgraded network closer to completion as SpaceX accomplished another landing of the rocket’s first stage booster.