SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium-8 launch today, live stream

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 11, 2019

Falcon 9 sits ready on the launchpad for the final Iridium NEXT mission.

SpaceX still plans to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:31 a.m. on Friday, as long as the weather holds.

The mission will launch the final 10 Iridium Next satellites to space from Vandenberg, culminating a campaign that began with the first set of spacecraft heading to space January 14, 2017.

"I think we may just launch these things tomorrow morning", Dench wrote. The rocket carried the last batch of 10 NEXT satellites, which brought the total in orbit up to 75 after a successful deployment.

SpaceX on Friday blasted off a payload of global communications satellites for Iridium, marking the first launch of 2019 for the California-based company headed by Elon Musk.

The next launch window was tentatively planned for January 8, and eventually pushed to Friday.

The Falcon 9 launch pad can be seen from several vantage points around the Lompoc Valley, including at the intersection of Moonglow and Stardust roads plus the peak of Harris Grade Road.

For added fun, you can also tune into Iridium's launch soundtrack, featuring music suggestions cultivated from fan suggestions.

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