Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

SpaceX launches satellites from California base

SpaceX launches satellites from California base

SpaceX successfully launched a commercial communications satellite into orbit Friday, marking the second time the company has re-used the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, continuing its pioneering effort to recycle equipment and slash costs.

In addition to delivering the satellites, the Falcon had a secondary mission - attempt to land the first-stage motor on the droneship, "Just Read the Instructions", positioned in Pacific Ocean.

USA space firm SpaceX on Friday successfully launched Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite into space with its second partly reused rocket.

SpaceX has successfully launched the first Bulgarian satellite using SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted before launch that the "Falcon 9 would experience its highest ever reentry force and heat in today's launch".

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The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed without incident on Space X's West Coast drone ship in conditions described as "windy and marginal", the Hawthorne company said.

Iridium plans to launch a total of 75 new satellites for its mobile voice and data communications system by mid-2018.

All Iridium NEXT satellites will be launched on new Falcon 9 rockets - at least for now.

The mission was the second for the Falcon 9 first stage, which had previously launched and safely landed on January 14. The McLean, Va., company has a contract with SpaceX for six more launches over the next 12 months to complete the constellation. It's all part of SpaceX's campaign to reduce the cost of access to space by increasing rocket reusability, and part of Musk's vision of making trips to Mars economically justifiable as well. But SpaceX's video stream showed the rocket descending smoothly to a touchdown on the ship's rolling deck.

It's the start of SpaceX's most ambitious sequence of launches yet, potentially flying twice within 48 hours from two coasts, and three times in less than two weeks. The new materials, which replaced shielded aluminum, can be reused without refurbishment.

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