Successful deployment of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed. pic.twitter.com/a9hVkFqiaH— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 25, 2018Despite challenging weather conditions, Falcon 9 first stage booster landed on Just Read the Instructions.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 25, 2018Second stage and @IridiumComm NEXT satellites now in coast phase.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 25, 2018Second stage engine cutoff confirmed.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 25, 2018First stage reentry burn completed.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 25, 2018WATCH LIVE starting around 4:24 a.m.:Rocket company SpaceX is planning to launch satellites early Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base, then catch part of a rocket and its nose cone before they fall into the Pacific Ocean from space.SpaceX is targeting launch of the Iridium-7 NEXT mission via a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at 4:39 a.m.SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket’s first stage on a drone ship named "Just Read The Instructions" stationed in the Pacific Ocean. The first stage is set to land approximately seven minutes after takeoff. The attempt will come just a few days after a successful mission that landed a different first-stage Falcon 9 on a different drone ship in the Atlantic.SpaceX is also going to try to catch the payload fairing (nose cone of the rocket) with a giant net on a boat, which also has a name: Mr Steven.A post shared by SpaceX (@spacex) on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:03am PDTThe satellites would be deployed about an hour after launch, according to a rundown of planned events provided by SpaceX.This is the seventh set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium. Its satellite communications network spans the globe.Beyond Wednesday’s launch, Vandenberg is set to host another six launches by the end of the year, including four Falcon 9 launches. The other two launches will be a Delta II (one of the brightest rockets launched from Vandenberg) and a Delta IV Heavy.Related content:Iridium creates soundtrack for Wednesday’s launch – here’s how to download and sync it up to SpaceX’s webcast and launchFalcon 9 and Iridium-7 went vertical earlier today on the SpaceX launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Weather is 90% favorable for tomorrow’s launch at 4:39 a.m. PDT, 11:39 UTC. https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zGw49C1UTP— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 24, 2018
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