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SpaceX Launches Two Missions in Two Days

SpaceX rocket launches will be in line with the IridiumNEXT, in preparation for the launches, the American aerospace manufacturer conducted a static fire test on June 20.A Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Sunday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, giving its manufacturer a second liftoff in three days from both coasts. It then landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Together with “Of Course I Still Love You” for Cape Canaveral launches, the company’s drone ships – landing platforms in the ocean – take inspiration from sci-fi author Iain M. Banks.Sunday’s countdown proceeded smoothly to zero at 4:25:14 p.m. ET when the Falcon 9’s nine Merlin 1D first-stage engines ignited and throttled up, generating 1.7 million pounds of thrust and a billowing cloud of exhaust.”Successful deployment of 10 IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed”, SpaceX tweeted.This time the rocket landed on the droneship “Just Read The Instructions” despite what the firm called “challenging weather conditions”.The initial phases of the launch went according to plan, the second stage enters the low Earth orbit prior to a second burn following the spacecraft separation.This is the second 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.On Friday, 23 June a Falcon 9 using a refurbished first stage launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The $3 billion project is a bid to upgrade the Virginia-based Iridium’s global communications network. However, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a statement that Iridium has six more launches scheduled over the following 12 months, The Verge reported.The technology, which requires aircraft to be equipped with certain equipment, is undergoing testing involving eight of the initial batch of Iridium NEXT satellites. The new versions “are designed for multiple re-uses as SpaceX seeks to more toward rapid reuse of its first stage booster”. The new satellites will not create visible flashes of reflected sunlight as they passed overhead.