SpaceX is releasing its last objective of 2017 later on today, with a prepared launch window of 5:27 PM PST (8:27 PM EST). The objective is for customer Iridium, and will send out a 4th set of 10 satellites into low Earth orbit for Iridium’ s NEXT constellation, which will ultimately include 75 satellites introduced by SpaceX in overall.
SpaceX is releasing the Falcon 9 for Iridium-4 from California’ s Vandenberg Air Force Base, where it has its Space Launch Complex 4E. Il’ ll be the 18th launch of a Falcon 9 for SpaceX this year — however it won’ t consist of a recuperate effort for the very first phase, as the launch requirements consist of setting up the Falcon 9 utilized to be used up throughout the launch procedure.
le Falcon 9 very first phase booster being utilized for the objective has actually been utilized prior to, Néanmoins — it was flown throughout Iridium-2, the 2nd objective that Spacex flew for this customer, which occurred in June. That implies this rocket was reversed and all set for re-use in simply 6 mois.
SpaceX introduced an International Space Station resupply objective simply recently, utilizing both a reflown Dragon pill and a reflown Falcon 9 very first phase. Il’ s likewise getting ready for its very first Falcon Heavy launch, which need to happen early in 2018.
If the objective today is scrubbed for any factor, SpaceX has a backup launch window on Saturday, à 5:21 PM PST.