Space-X Monday

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A Space X rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off through low-lying fog at 1:25 p.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles. It carried a second batch of new satellites for Iridium Communications, which is replacing its orbiting fleet with a next-generation constellation of satellites.

About 7 minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s first-stage booster returned to earth and landed on a floating platform on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, while the rocket’s second stage continued to carry the satellites toward orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 on Friday launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida and boosted a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit. Its first stage was recovered after landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who founded Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, believes reusing rocket components will bring down the cost of space launches.

Iridium plans to put in place 75 new satellites for its mobile voice and data communications system by mid-2018, requiring six more launches, all by SpaceX.

The $3 billion effort by the McLean, Virginia, company involves complex procedures to replace 66 operational satellites in use for many years. Some of the new satellites will be so-called on-orbit spares, or older satellites that remain in orbit on standby for use if the newer ones malfunction.

Swapping out and deorbiting some old satellites has already begun, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a pre-launch call with reporters.

Several old satellites have been moved into lower orbits to use up their remaining fuel and configure the solar panels for maximum drag so they will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up.

@ AP

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14 Responses to Space-X Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Polluting the upper atmosphere.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Just 30 minutes to the Zoe Coffeeshop and Pub today. Not too busy this morning, unlike yesterday. Again I saw the Swainson’s hawk which has taken up hanging around this part of campus.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Name change to Zoe Coffee and Kitchen.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Downtown for an errand at City Hall, then back to the Foundry for a reward. So far 73 minutes on the sticks.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Then home via Campus Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension. The climb is without shade; the following roadway is partly shaded and has more of a little breeze. Saw 4 birds I didn’t recognize, a quail and then another little flyer. Running total so far today is 104 minutes. Maybe I will do some more stick walking after it cools as the new boots are fitting well.

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  3. Den says:

    Hajji’s B-Day today:

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  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Nice that they figured out how to get those first stage rockets back. Too bad they can’t clean up outer space, grab the satellites being replaced and bring them home to recycle.

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  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Very cool here. Keeping windows closed, except I always open the one in here. The CPUs really heat up this room. Bob asked for the furnace this morning but I handed him a sweater instead.

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  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Sorry, But it’s Entirely the Right’s Fault

    I could have written that, it’s full of the things I say EVERY damn day. Both parties are NOT the same. Both sides are NOT at fault.

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  7. Den says:

    Made in China:

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