SpaceX Rocket to Launch 10 Satellites Early Monday

Olive Hawkins
October 9, 2017

Ball Aerospace successfully delivered the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), NOAA's next-generation polar orbiting weather satellite, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on August 31, where it is scheduled to launch November 10, 2017.

The private company's rocket will carry 10 mobile communication satellites into orbit.

The Falcon 9 rocket launch is part of a series of launches for the Iridium NEXT program that involves putting ten, solar-powered satellites into orbit at a time. It completed a static-fire test on Thursday (Oct. 5).

SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

Now, SpaceX is going for two launches in three days.

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A illustration of an Iridium NEXT satellite in orbit. This is SpaceX's third of eight launches for Iridium, which is establishing a new constellation of communications satellites known as Iridium NEXT. The 66 satellites will spread out around the planet to provide service to remote regions of the globe, the company has said.

SpaceX won't be the only other launch provider in action on Monday.

Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2W is targeted for 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) at the opening of a 65-second launch window.

A live feed of the launch will be available starting twenty minutes prior to launch here. If successful, it'll be the third time that SpaceX has reused a Falcon 9 - and if the vehicle lands post-launch, it'll also be the third to do so. Later on Monday, a Japanese H-2A rocket will attempt to launch a Michibiki 4 navigation spacecraft.

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