SpaceX Completes Two Back-to-Back Falcon 9 Launches In 48 Hours

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SpaceX Completes Two Back-to-Back Falcon 9 Launches In 48 Hours
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On Sunday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the second time in 48 hours, setting a record for the shortest turnaround between two SpaceX flights. Yesterday, the Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 Iridium NEXT telephone relay stations into orbit, and two days before that, the rocket lifted a Bulgarian communications satellite from Florida.

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This was the second batch of Iridium’s NEXT constellation, which will be comprised of 75 satellites once SpaceX launches them all. According to Iridium, this network will bolster communications on Earth irrespective of time and distance. Iridium CEO Matt Desch stated that the company has six more launch agreements with SpaceX over the next 12 months. These new satellites will eventually replace the old ones, some of which have been in orbit since the 1990s.

Although the weather was not ideal, SpaceX did manage to land the Falcon 9 on the autonomous ocean-borne landing barge. SpaceX founder Elon Musk noted that the drone ship had to be repositioned due to the unfavorable weather.

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