Watch SpaceX launch its first mission of the year — and its last for customer Iridium - The Verge
The Verge - Fri 11 Jan 14:03 GMT

Watch SpaceX launch its first mission of the year — and its last for customer Iridium - The Verge

SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket of the year this morning out of California — a flight that will also mark the first orbital mission of 2019 for the US. The company will be sending up 10 satellites for long-time customer Iridium.

  SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket of the year this morning out of California — a flight that will also mark the first orbital mission of 2019 for the US.

  Today’s flight, called Iridium-8, will send up the final batch of satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation.

  the final batch of satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation About 10 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX will aim for its Falcon 9 to touch down on a drone ship in the ocean.

  SpaceX’s last flight in December was tasked with launching a GPS satellite for the US Air Force, and because of the parameters of the mission, the company opted not to land its Falcon 9 after launch.

  Liftoff for today’s launch is scheduled for 10:31AM ET from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and SpaceX has an instantaneous window, so the company must launch at that time or push to another day.