Question: Which of the following statements are correct in reference to the Falcon 9 rocket launch?
1) It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California by NASA.
2) The rocket carried a constellation of 10 Iridium Communication Satellite.
3) This was the eighth and final launch of the Iridium NEXT project.
4) The fleet consists of a total of 75 satellites.
(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 3 and 4
(d) All of the above.
- A private American space company SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Iridium.
- The 10 satellite launched represents the eighth and final unit of Iridium NEXT satellite launched by SpaceX. This is final in a series of 75 next-generation communication satellite owned and operated by Iridium.
Iridium NEXT project:
- The whole project of the Iridium NEXT roughly worth $3 billion. Out of the total of 75 satellites, 66 will be operational and 9 will serve as in-orbit spares.
- Iridium NEXT will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest “tech upgrades” in history.
- Iridium NEXT will enable the development of new and innovative products and solutions across Iridium’s vast partner ecosystem. Iridium Certus, the next-generation multi-service communications platform enabled by Iridium NEXT, will deliver faster speeds and higher throughputs across multiple industry verticals.
- Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables real time connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere.
- Falcon 9 is a two-staged rocket of designed and developed by SpaceX. It is the first orbital class rocket capable of re-flight which reduces cost of projects.
- It consists of 9 Engines and powered by Merlin engines with Burn Time of 162 seconds.
- Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station.