Falcon 9 and Iridium-7 went vertical earlier today on the SpaceX launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Weather is 90% favorable for tomorrow’s launch at 4:39 a.m. PDT, 11:39 UTC. https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zGw49C1UTP
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 24, 2018
Mr. Steven—now with more net. SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessel has been fitted with a 4x larger net ahead of its next recovery attempt targeted for later this month. https://t.co/cjXvzg1H70 pic.twitter.com/AdAwPP30OU
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 13, 2018
SpaceX was not able to specify when it would know whether Mr. Steven was successful, although Insprucker promised an update after the coast period of the mission wrapped up, about 50 minutes after launch, or around 8:30 a.m. EDT.
The Iridium satellites are scheduled to deploy about an hour after launch. Assuming they do so successfully, they will bring the constellation up to 75 satellites, which with ten additional units meant to launch later this year will run tracking procedures on devices connected to the so-called Internet of Things (IoT).
Today’s launch followed a launch from the opposite coast on Sunday and will be followed by a third launch currently scheduled for Aug. 2.