If you live in the Los Angeles area and don’t keep up to date with SpaceX’s schedule, you may have unnecessarily feared for your life. The celestially-aimed company launched 10 Iridium satellites on their Falcon 9 rocket at 5:27 P.M. from the Vandenberg Airport Base.
Many onlookers pulled their cars over to look on in amazement as the sky was temporarily lit up by this rocket. SpaceX had been live tweeting and streaming the event, but judging from the reactions on social media and it being a holiday weekend, it appears not many people knew about the launch. The UFO hashtags on Twitter are coming in droves.
All ten Iridium satellites successfully launched into their desired orbit. This was a historic event as it was the first time the same rocket was used to launch satellites on two different occasions. The Falcon 9 was used for the first time back in June when it successfully released the payload of 10 other satellites into orbit.
That makes 40 satellites in orbit thus far for Iridium, they need 66 for a full constellation to provide them with enough coverage to achieve their goal. They have contracted SpaceX for 75 satellites, the extra 9 serving as spare parts for repair. We can expect SpaceX to complete this mission in 2018.