march, 2018

30mar14:13Falcon 9 • Iridium-5

Event Details

Launch Date: March 30, 2018
Launch Window: 14:13 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: No
Fairing Recovery: Yes
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:

➡ Mission Updates

? Live Launch Coverage

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

? Payload Overview: Iridium-NEXT Satellite & Constellation

Countdown Timeline

Flight Profile

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


Previous Iridium-NEXT Missions:






(Friday) 14:13 UTC


Space Launch Complex 4

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