This is the second mission in 2 days for SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket, in this case a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, of the iridium-2 mission – a 10 satellite payload for Iridium communications. This mission, as those who pay attention to flights will know from the launch site, was launched into a polar orbit, rather than a more traditional one towards the equator. Such an orbit provides better global coverage over time, as opposed to the more focused nature of equatorial and geosynchronous orbits.
I don’t have much to say on this one – it’s another launch, with some cool camera views. This Falcon 9 featured upgraded landing fins, which are less fragile than the previous version being used. Of course, the 1st stage landed fine, and the payload reached it’s intended orbit successfully.
This webcast happened to have the guy I like, John Insprucker, narrating it, so that made it more enjoyable, but hearing the crowds clap at everything still annoys me – especially when they don’t clap at events that are equally, if not, more important – you would think fans of space travel would understand these things more, but it seems they don’t.
Oh well, enjoy the launch, as always!