Falcon 9 Full Thrust | Iridium-4

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) rocket as part of the Iridium-4 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Fri, Dec 22nd, 2017, 8:27 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed in the ocean as an experimental test of the Falcon 9's capabilities.

Mission

Iridium-4

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the fourth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed in the ocean as an experimental test of the Falcon 9's capabilities.

Destroyed by waterlanding

Atlantic (ATL)

The Atlantic ocean on the East coast of the United States is a common landing area for expended boosters.

Ocean (Ocean)

Typically indicates a landing in which the booster is not recovered.

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