Falcon 9 Return to Flight

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, January 14 on its first mission after the dramatic Sept. 1, 2016 explosion of a Falcon 9 during a pre-launch testing accident in Florida. Lifting its heaviest payload to date, Falcon 9 will be tasked with delivering the first ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites to orbit to inaugurate Mobile Satellite Communications provider Iridium's second satellite constellation.

An attempt is planned to land the first stage booster on the drone ship 'Just Read The Instructions' in SpaceX's continued re-use aspirations.

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Launch Date: January 14, 2017Launch Updates
Time: 17:54:39 UTCIridium-NEXT Overview
Launch Site: SLC-4E, VandenbergFalcon 9 FT
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FTCountdown Timeline
Payload: 10 Iridium-NEXT (860kg each)Launch Profile
Ascent Duration: 74 MinutesSpaceX Archive
Target Orbit: 625km Circular, 86.66°