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.
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:
GPS guided parafoil twisted, so fairing impacted water at high speed. Air wake from fairing messing w parafoil steering. Doing helo drop tests in next few weeks to solve.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2018
Here are some screenshots from today’s launch: