Falcon 9 Delivers 3rd Iridium-NEXT Satellite Batch, 1st Stage Masters Nighttime Drone Ship Landing

Continuing to move at a brisk pace through launch manifests on both coasts of the United States, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, thundering off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base before sunrise to dispatch the third group of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites into orbit.

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SpaceX West Coast Drone Ship arrives in Port with Iridium-2 Booster

SpaceX’s Drone Ship ‘Just Read The Instructions’ returned to the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, bringing with it the first stage booster from Sunday’s successful Iridium-2 mission that delivered ten Iridium-NEXT Satellites to orbit and achieved the company’s second Pacific-based Drone Ship Landing.

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Falcon 9 Dispatches 2nd Batch of Iridium Satellites, First Stage aces Landing in tough Weather

After successfully launching Bulgaria’s first telecommunications satellite on Friday with the added bonus of an ‘extra-toasty’ landing, a Falcon 9 took to the skies again on Sunday – blasting off from SpaceX’s West Coast launch site to send the second batch of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites on their way and returning the rocket’s first stage to the company’s second Drone Ship.

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Falcon 9 fires up on West Coast Launch Pad ahead of busy End-of-Week Push at SpaceX

Two SpaceX launch campaigns are in their final stages on both coasts of the United States with a flight-proven Falcon 9 in the process of meeting its Bulgarian satellite payload for a Geotransfer mission out of Florida and a brand new Falcon 9 firing up its engines at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday

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SpaceX delays next Falcon 9 Launch from Florida, lines up potential Weekend Double Header

SpaceX announced on Sunday the company had reserved launch opportunities on June 23 and 24 for the next Falcon 9 mission out of Florida that will carry Bulgaria’s first commercial communications satellite

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First Iridium-NEXT Satellites enter Operation after Stellar Performance, Next Launch Re-Aligned for June

Satellite communications provider Iridium placed eight of its new satellites launched in January into active service after a complex ballet of orbital moves to position the new additions in the 66-satellite constellation while spiraling retiring satellites down from their operational orbits.

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Falcon 9 Returns to Flight with flawless Iridium Satellite Delivery & successful Booster Landing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made an impressive Return to Flight on Saturday, blasting off from California and earning double check-marks by achieving a flawless delivery of ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites and successfully landing the rocket’s first stage at sea for the first time after a West Coast launch.

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