Iridium is also the only satellite communications network to cover the entire globe keeping track of objects participating in the internet of things (IoT).
The event, broadcast live from SpaceX's webcast page, was the firm' s second launch of the week, after another Falcon 9 rocket departure from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday saw the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite carried into orbit. The satellite will use onboard propulsion to circularize its orbit some 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers)-geostationary orbit-and move into the orbital slot at 63 degrees west to provide communications coverage between northern Canada and South America.
As usual, SpaceX safely landed the rocket's reusable first stage. The company hopes to launch 30 times before the end of the year, which would mark the company's busiest year yet by far.
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In June that campaign was successful: Santa Clara County voters recalled him from the bench with 60 percent of the vote. He also argued that the jury was left to " speculate " about details of the case before they settled on a verdict.
Two minutes later, the first stage fired its center engine to slow itself down and land on the automated spaceport drone ship called "Of Course I Still Love You". Such attempts have been made in the past without success, but for this mission, the ship was given a dramatically bigger net.
The spacecraft Iridium NEXT based on the ELiTeBus platform by Thales Alenia Space.
This will also be the third straight landing of a brand new block 5 Falcon 9, which is designed for radical reusability, perhaps up to 100 flights over the life of a booster. Only one more launch of 10 satellites remains until the Iridium NEXT network is completed. At the outset of the live-stream, the Falcon 9 rocket was almost invisible, only coming into clear view after liftoff.