Falcon 9 Full Thrust | Iridium-4

Falcon 9 Full Thrust | Iridium-4

Space Launch Complex 4E
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA













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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.



SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the fourth 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.

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Falcon 9 Full Thrust

Height 71.00 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 8305 kg

Liftoff Thrust 6804 kN

Diameter 3.65 Meters

Mass To LEO 22800 kg

Liftoff Mass 546 Tonnes

Launch Success 24

Consecutive Success 16

Maiden Flight 2015-12-22

Launch Failures 1



Serial B1036

Status expended

Flight Proven Yes

Flights 2

Landing Attempt No

Landing Success Yes

Type Ocean

Location ATL


Iridium Constellation

The Iridium satellite constellation provides L band voice and data information coverage to satellite phones, satellite messenger communication devices and integrated transceivers.

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