Rivals SpaceX And Arianespace Both Launched Rockets Within 15 Minutes

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Prior to the launch, Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, nearby at Patrick Air Force Base, took off in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to secure the Eastern Range ensuring there was no one in harm's way while the rocket lifted off.

These satellites to replace orbiting satellites of the previous generation. The launch may also comprise a trial to seize the rocket's fairing with an enormous tensile across a boat called Mr. Steven.

Weather conditions in the area of the ship was too harsh: the wind was so strong that it blew the parachute with a canopy, and he again fell into the water. The company says that can use Falcon 9 Block 5 more than ten times.

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The launch on Wednesday is the second in four days.

"Despite challenging weather conditions, Falcon 9 first stage booster landed on Just Read the Instructions", SpaceX wrote on Twitter.

Seven minutes before the countdown reached zero, the nine Merlin 1D engines at the base of the Falcon 9's first stage began conditioning themselves for launch. For SpaceX, it was their second of the week, after a launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida this Sunday. It continued on a parabolic trajectory, performing a series of burns along the way, to land on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.

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After the Falcon 9 ejects the payload and the fairing detaches from the rest of the rocket, it will deploy parafoils, which are a type of parachute, to slow its decent.

In total, the mission has planned eight Iridium NEXT launches to deliver 75 new satellites to orbit, according to a statement from Iridium. European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor for the satellites, working with Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems to integrate the satellites in Gilbert, Arizona.

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