SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
By Robert Bernstein
SpaceX made another successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg!
This was not quite as spectacular as the launch last October at sunset. This one was at 7:31AM after sunrise, but it was still quite memorable!
Here is my video and photos I have extracted that are of special interest.
Here is my full video
The rumbling sound of the launch arrived about five minutes after the launch. I was surprised it was not that loud.
The launch placed the final 10 IRIDIUM NEXT satellites (numbered 66-75) in low Earth orbit. Iridium is used for satellite communication in remote locations.
I had been following the launch plans at Space Flight Now on line. Most launches have a launch window ranging from a few minutes to several hours. This was most unusual in that it listed just one exact instant for the launch and it did indeed launch at that instant.