Iridium-6 & GRACE-FO

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 4E Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA Probability: 90%

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 sixth 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. Sharing this launch is the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on mission, which is a joint project of NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. It's goal is to track Earth's water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean.

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Additional Media

U.S./German GRACE-FO Launches Aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9

3-2-1 liftoff of Falcon 9 with GRACE-FO! The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on, or GRACE-FO, a collaboration between NASA and German Research...

Iridium-6/GRACE-FO Mission

SpaceX is targeting launch of Iridium-6/GRACE-FO on Tuesday, May 22 from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The insta...

GRACE-FO Launches Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) spacecraft launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 22, 2018, aboard a S...

Falcon 9 Block 4

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Block 4

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    71.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    546 T
  • Thrust
    6804 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9 Block 4
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Block 4
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 Block 4
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $50,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    22800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8305 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1043

Status: Expended


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: January 8, 2018
Last Flight: May 22, 2018
Flights: 2
Landings Attempted: 1
Landings Successful: 1
Previous B1043 Flights

Landing Information

Core will be expended.

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 94 Failures: 6 Pending: 39

Agency Type: Commercial

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 has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

INFO WIKI

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Pad: Space Launch Complex 4E


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