SpaceX Iridium-2 Launch info

UPDATE: Beautiful flight and great landing! 2 Flights and 2 landings in a little over 48 hours!

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Launch Info

Launch time: The instantaneous launch window is at 4:25 p.m. EDT, or 20:25 UTC, on Sunday, June 25 – A backup launch opportunity opens at 4:19 p.m. EDT, or 20:19 UTC, on Monday, June 26.

Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

Landing attempt: Yes

Landing Location: First stage of Falcon 9 will attempt a landing on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship that will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

New: Iridium-2 is the first mission Falcon 9 will fly with upgraded titanium grid fins—designed to provide greater control authority and withstand high reentry heat, which is important for rocket reusability.

Webcast: http://www.spacex.com/webcast

The payloads for this launch are the second set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium NEXT will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network of low-Earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest “tech upgrades” in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, 75 of which will be launched by SpaceX. The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.” -SpaceX

 

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