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SpaceX launches 10 Satellites for Iridium Mobile Network

Published on October 11, 2017
SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket which carried 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company Iridium.
  • The rocket was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California 
  • SpaceX is launching a series of 75 satellites for Iridium’s satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, by 2018.

Key Facts About SpaceX

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp is known as SpaceX.
  • It is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company.
  • It is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
  •  It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk 
  • It is a first privately funded liquid-propellant rocket to reach orbit
  • NASA also awarded SpaceX a further development contract in 2011 to develop and demonstrate a human-rated Dragon
  • This Dragon would be used to transport astronauts to the ISS and return them safely to Earth.
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