SpaceX's Reused Falcon 9 on Iridium-4
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket seen here launching 10 Iridium Next satellites on Dec. 22, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California was actually making its second flight. The rocket's first stage booster launched 10 more Iridium Next satellites into orbit in June 2017.
Headed for Space: SpaceX Iridium-4
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ascends spaceward carrying 10 Iridium Next communications satellite after launching from Space Launch Complex 4E of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Dec. 22, 2017.
SpaceX Iridium 4 Launch
SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California tonight (Dec. 22) at 11:27 p.m. EST (0427 on Dec. 23 GMT), carrying 10 communications satellites for the commercial Iridium Next constellation.
SpaceX Iridium-4 Mission Patch
The SpaceX mission patch for the Iridium-4 mission.