Falcon 9 and Iridium-6/GRACE-FO went vertical last night ahead of today’s launch at 12:47 p.m. PDT, 19:47 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 5 Iridium Satellites and 2 GRACE replacements.
SpaceX launched the latest capsule bound for the ISS, @ 4pm a reused falcon 9 and a capsule were sent up all things good they will reonduviw with the ISS @ 4am on Wednesday.
Also in space news, the Chinese space station fell to earth over the Pacific over the evening.
China’s first space station, the Tiangong-1 experimental space laboratory, reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up over the southern Pacific Ocean at 8:16 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 1 (00:16 UTC on Monday, April 2), according to the U.S. Joint Force Space Component Command.
SpaceX is targeting Friday, March 30 for a Falcon 9 launch of the Iridium-5 NEXT mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This is the fifth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. The instantaneous launch opportunity is at 7:13 a.m. PDT or 14:13 UTC and the satellites will begin deployment about an hour after launch.