25 July 2018
CNET News reports that three days after its last launch from Florida, SpaceX is preparing to launch its second Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenburg AFB in California early Wednesday. The rocket will carry a set of 10 satellites for Iridium, the “seventh of eight planned SpaceX launches to upgrade Iridium’s satellite constellation.” In addition to the rocket’s first-stage booster, SpaceX will also attempt to recover the Falcon 9’s fairing with the company’s “Mr. Steven” vessel. SpaceX has begun to capture boosters “pretty routinely, but has had limited success with recovering the fairings.” (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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