Private space technology company SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 heavy-class launch vehicle, carrying two research probes from the US space agency NASA, as well as Iridium Next orbiting satellites.
The rocket was launched in the daytime from the territory of the Vandenberg military base, located in the US state of California. Two GRACE-FO and five Iridium NEXT vehicles will be delivered into orbit.
The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) is a satellite mission implemented by NASA and the Geophysical Research Center in Germany. The satellites manufactured under the project are aimed at studying the gravitational field of our planet, as well as recording changes in its water cycle and mass.
Iridium Next satellites will replace in orbit previous similar devices that have already become outdated. They serve for the transmission of voice messages and data from satellite telephones of the world-wide operator Iridium. In total, it is planned to launch 75 such satellites before the end of this year, to date, they have been installed in the amount of 55.
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