SpaceX sends Iridium-8 into space while Musk flaunts his retro rocket - The Register Theregister.co.uk - Fri 11 Jan 23:35 GMT
The 1930s called. They'd like their silver Starship back
SpaceX launched its first mission of 2019, fulfilling its Iridium contract, while the Falcon 9 due to loft the company's Crew Dragon demo mission remained resolutely attached to Florida.
The Iridium-8 mission launched from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at California's Vandenburg Air Force Base at 1531 UTC, sending into orbit the remaining 10 satellites on the company's books for Iridium's next-generation global satellite constellation.
At two minutes 27 seconds after lift-off the first stage was shut down, and the second stage fired up, sending Iridium's birds to space during a 15-minute deployment almost an hour later.
Commercial crew continues marching to the right
In a surprise to absolutely nobody, SpaceX's first actual launch of the Crew Dragon for the Demo-1 commercial crew mission has been delayed.
Starship will save us all
Of course, Falcon 9 is but a mere stepping stone to Elon's mighty Starship, and His Muskiness unveiled a finished version of the test flight rocket at SpaceX's Texas facility this morning.