Watch SpaceX Launch 10 Satellites Into Orbit

Watch SpaceX Launch 10 Satellites Into Orbit

SpaceX just launched 10 satellites into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California using a Falcon 9 booster. And thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can watch the entire launch online.

Screenshot: SpaceX

This launch marks the fifth set of satellites to be sent into space for the global communications company Iridium. Each set consists of 10 satellites, with a total of 75 planned.

Skip to the 21:40-mark to see the launch at T-10.

Like the previous launch by SpaceX, there was an attempt to catch part of the nose cone, called the fairing, something that’s typically seen as expendable despite its roughly $US6 ($8) million price tag. The fairing missed the recovery net by just a few hundred meters during the company’s last try.

Unfortunately, SpaceX didn’t have much luck this time around either:

Here are some screenshots from today’s launch:

[Ars Technica]