SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites - 10TV
10tv.com - Fri 11 Jan 19:47 GMT

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites - 10TV

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California.

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California.

  The rocket lifted off at 7:31 a.m. Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles.

  The payload is the eighth and final set of satellites to be launched as Iridium replaces its entire globe-circling fleet with next-generation orbiters.

  If successful, Iridium will have a total of 75 new satellites in orbit, including nine spares.

  Iridium is deorbiting its original fleet of satellites.