march, 2018

18mar15:19Falcon 9 • Iridium-5

Event Details

Launch Date: March 18, 2018
Launch Window: 15:19 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Flight-Proven 1st Stage, B1041.2)
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: SLC-4E Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
1st Stage Recovery: ?
Payload: Ten Iridium-NEXT (41-50)
Payload Operator: Iridium Communications

 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch ten Iridium-NEXT mobile communications satellites into Low Earth Orbit in the continued effort to replace the entire heritage Iridium constellation with upgraded satellites supporting global communications, aeronautical monitoring and ship tracking. This is the fifth launch in support of Iridium-NEXT by SpaceX and the first of four Iridium missions planned in 2018 to finish deployment of the operational constellation of 75 satellites, all missions are using Falcon 9 launchers. Iridium-5 will re-use a previously flown Falcon 9, first launched on the Iridium-3 mission.

 

Mission Resources:

🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

🛰 Payload Overview: Iridium-NEXT Satellite & Constellation

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

📍 Launch Site Schedule

 

Previous Iridium-NEXT Missions:

Iridium-1

Iridium-2

Iridium-3

Time

(Sunday) 15:19 UTC

Location

Space Launch Complex 4

Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 4, Lompoc, CA, United States

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