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SpaceX is trimming back 10 percent of its workforce in strategic realignment

SpaceX says it’s reducing its workforce by about 10 percent as part of a strategic realignment to focus the California-based company on providings its global Starlink satellite broadband service and furthering CEO Elon Musk’s drive to make humanity a multiplanet species. Word of the reductions came just hours after SpaceX executed its first Falcon 9 rocket launch of the year, putting 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit, and a day after Musk hailed the assembly of a subscale test prot...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, California, Musk, Falcon, Iridium, StarLink


SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

The $3bn refurbishment of the original sat-phone network will help transform air-traffic surveillance.
Tags: Spacex, Science, Iridium


SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing

Update for 11:45 a.m. EST: All 10 Iridium Next satellites were successfully deployed. A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 a.m. local time (10:31 a.m. EST, 1531 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window. If all goes well, satellite deployment will begin about an...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cooper, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, John Insprucker, Insprucker, Desch, Meghan Bartels, Matt Desch, Aireon


SpaceX launches final batch of Iridium telecom satellites (and lands rocket)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket deployed the eighth and final set of next-generation Iridium satellites into orbit today, closing off a two-year launch campaign. The rocket rose into partly cloudy skies from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:31 a.m. PT after a trouble-free countdown. Iridium CEO Matt Desch counted down the final seconds. Minutes after liftoff, the first-stage booster separated and made an at-sea touchdown on a drone landing ship called “Just Read the Instructions,” hundreds o...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Pacific Ocean, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Iridium, Matt Desch


SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Ten more satellites for Iridium Communications have been successfully launched into orbit. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:39 a.m. Wednesday and released the satellites about an hour later. It was the seventh launch in Iridium’s $3 billion campaign to […]
Tags: Business, Spacex, Science, News, Ap, SpaceX Falcon, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Calif, Iridium, Nation & World, Iridium Communications, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE California


Watch SpaceX launch the GRACE-FO and Iridium NEXT satellites here

Today’s the day for SpaceX’s launch of Iridium’s NEXT communications satellites and a pair of twin birds from NASA that will monitor the fresh water on the surface of the Earth. You can watch the launch right here: Liftoff is scheduled for 12:47 PM Pacific Time, so SpaceX’s live stream should fire up about 15 minutes ahead of that; NASA will also have its own updates, since it has skin in the game. This is an unusual launch — the rocket will be making some complicated maneuvers 300 mile...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Climate Change, California, Tech, Nasa, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Zuma, Iridium


SpaceX rocket will make a pit stop 305 miles up to deploy NASA satellites before moving on

Tuesday is the planned launch for a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying two payloads to orbit — and this launch will be an especially interesting one. A set of five communications satellites for Iridium need to get to almost 500 miles up, but a NASA mission has to pop out at the 300 mile mark. What to do? Just make a pit stop, it turns out. Now, of course it’s not a literal stop — the thing will be going thousands of miles per hour. But from the reference frame of the rocket itself, it’s not too diff...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Falcon 9, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Zuma, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches fifth batch of Iridium NEXT telecom satellites

Another 10 next-generation Iridium telecommunications satellites were sent into orbit today aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This makes the fifth set of 10, out of a total of 75 that SpaceX is putting in orbit for the Iridium NEXT constellation. The two-stage rocket lifted off at 7:13 a.m. PT into a clear California sky, sparking sightings by the likes of actress Bo Derek. “Congratulations @SpaceX #liftoff from my backyard,” the star of the m...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX Falcon, Bo Derek, Iridium


SpaceX successfully launches Iridium-5 Falcon 9 mission

SpaceX has successfully launched its Iridium -5 mission, which carries 10 satellites to add to Iridium’s NEXT global communications constellation. This is the fifth set of 10, out of a total of 75 that SpaceX is launching for client Iridium, and today’s launch used a first stage Falcon 9 booster originally employed last October for the third Iridium NEXT satellite launch. The launch included reuse of a flight proven rocket, but it did not include a recovery attempt for the first stage bo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Ceo, International Space Station, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space, Iridium


SpaceX launches 10 Iridium satellites from California

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications has blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket lifted off at 7:13 a.m. Friday and arced over the Pacific west of Los Angeles. The satellites are expected to be deployed into low Earth orbit […]
Tags: Business, Spacex, Science, News, California, Los Angeles, Pacific, SpaceX Falcon, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Calif, Iridium, Nation & World, Iridium Communications, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE California


SpaceX-launched Iridium satellites functioning normally

The launch on SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket on Friday had sparked concerns on the U.S. West Coast due to its glowing trail, according to media reports. On Wednesday, Iridium said the 10 Iridium NEXT satellites are in early stages of testing and validating process.
Tags: Spacex, Science, West Coast, Falcon, Iridium


SpaceX caps a record year with 18th successful launch of 2017

 SpaceX has completed its 18th launch in 2017, marking a record year for the private space company. It’s the most rockets SpaceX has launched in a single year, beating its previous best by ten missions. The launch today was for client Iridium, delivering 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for its Iridium NEXT communications constellation. This is the fourth such mission that SpaceX has… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Space Tourism, Spaceflight, Hyperloop, Falcon, Outer Space, Iridium


Watch SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 rocket launch for 2017

 SpaceX is launching its last mission of 2017 later today, with a planned launch window of 5:27 PM PST (8:27 PM EST). The mission is for client Iridium, and will send a fourth set of 10 satellites into low Earth orbit for Iridium’s NEXT constellation, which will eventually consist of 75 satellites launched by SpaceX in total. SpaceX is launching the Falcon 9 for Iridium-4 from… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Falcon, Iridium


Watch SpaceX launch 10 satellites into orbit with a Falcon 9 live right here

 SpaceX is attempting its second launch in under 48 hours today at 4:25 PM EDT (1:25 PM PDT), from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch will be the second for client Iridium, a global telecommunications and data provider. The payload for today’s launch includes 10 satellites that make up the second batch of a total of 75 SpaceX is launching into space to help complete… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Iridium


Interactive map of every satellite in orbit

David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz created an interactive chart showing the weight, national origin and position of more than 1,300 active satellites orbiting the planet Earth. The data was sourced from the Union of Concerned Scientists. It goes out in bands: there's a cloud in low-earth orbit bulked up with the International Sapce Station and surveillance satellites. Satellite phone networks such as Iridium and Globalstar form conspicuous rings about 800 and 1500 km up. 20km up are the navigatio...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Satellites, Iridium, David Yanofsky, Globalstar, Tim Fernholz, Junk


SpaceX successfully returns to launch with Iridium-1 NEXT Falcon 9 mission

 SpaceX has succeeded in launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, its first launch since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a launch pad in pre-flight procedures in September 2016. The launch took place at 9:54 AM PT Saturday, during an instant launch window. It’s a huge victory for SpaceX, which has had to delay its launch schedule since the explosion. The… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Iridium


SpaceX aims for December 16 return to flight, customer Iridium says

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight on Dec. 16, said Iridium Communications Inc, which plans to have 10 of its satellites on board for launching. The launch is contingent on approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees U.S. commercial space transportation, Iridium said on Thursday. “We are looking forward to return to flight,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement from ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Federal Aviation Administration, Falcon, Irene Klotz, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Iridium, Gwynne Shotwell



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