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SpaceX will attempt a return to flight

SpaceX will attempt a return to flight

After the rocket's nine Merlin 1D engines pass an automated health check, the Falcon 9 is released from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.The Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.

At the time, January 8 was the expected second launch window, which has been moved to today, January 14, 2017.

USA company Iridium provide global voice and data communications via a network of 66 active satellites and are now building a new satellite network dubbed Iridium NEXT.

Indeed, when Iridium signed a deal with SpaceX in 2010 to launch 70 Iridium-NEXT satellites, valued at $492 million, it was the largest single launch deal ever engaged. Altogether, these satellites will deliver mobile voice and data coverage all over the planet, including over the ocean and at the poles, according to Iridium.

SpaceX is hopeful that the weather conditions are good enough and is now looking at 60 percent favorable conditions in terms of weather. Iridium has contracted SpaceX for $468m over seven launches.

SpaceX is bracing for its Falcon Heavy launch.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 9:54 a.m. PST, carrying 10 communications satellites to be placed in orbit before returning to Earth.

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The view of the drone ship's landing pad from the Falcon 9, seconds before landing.

SpaceX struggled to understand what caused the launchpad failure in September, with Elon Musk calling the accident "the most hard and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years".

SpaceX was riding high on a string of near-perfect launches and increasingly successful powered landings with its Falcon rocket family.

At crucial stages of the launch, which was live-streamed on YouTube, SpaceX mission control staff could be heard cheering wildly in the background. In 2016, SpaceX was almost on that pace before the failed launch derailed its efforts.

This was the first successful landing on this particular drone ship, although four others had already been performed on the alternate drone ship that SpaceX has positioned in the Atlantic.

The satellites were deployed about an hour after launch. "I often think of it as one of the biggest tech refreshes in the world right now, with a new $3 billion constellation". In June 2015, a Falcon 9 broke apart shortly after launching the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule on a resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA.

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