American private company Elon musk SpaceX conducted a successful launch of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 with ten telecommunications satellites, Iridium NEXT. This was reported on the SpaceX website, which led the broadcast launch.
The launch was made from US air force base Vandenberg in southern California.
The launch was held on 23 December at 03:27 (Kyiv time). It is worth Recalling that the first stage of the rocket that separated, it was used to launch another missile in June 2017.
Delivered into orbit ten satellites, the fourth set of 75 satellites that will be launched for the global communication system, Iridium Next.
Iridium NEXT second generation of communication satellites by the American company Iridium Communications Inc., designed to replace the current satellite constellation the Iridium spacecraft. The satellites provide voice and data communications for mobile devices. The total project cost (development, manufacture, launch, insurance, modernization of the ground infrastructure) is $ 2.9 billion.
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