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Matt Desch: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket“™s Stage 1 Booster Arrives in California for Iridium Satellite Launch

Matt Desch: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket“™s Stage 1 Booster Arrives in California for Iridium Satellite Launch - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Matt Desch
Matt Desch

Iridium CEO Matt Desch announced in a Twitter post Monday the arrival of the stage 1 booster for SpaceX“™s Falcon 9 rocket in California for the launch of Iridium satellites as part of the company“™s NEXT constellation, Ars Technica reported Monday.

Eric Berger writes the rocket“™s first stage booster was spotted Sunday in Arizona en route to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Falcon 9“™s first-stage booster will support the launch of 10 Iridium satellites, according to the report.

A SpaceX official told Ars Technica that launch pad readiness, rocket testing and other factors are still “up in the air“ and that it is still “premature“ to tell whether Iridium“™s satellites would be the first payload to launch aboard Falcon 9.

The news comes weeks after Desch said he is confident that SpaceX is “back on the path“ to launch Iridium“™s new fleet of satellites after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke about the cause of the Sept. 1 rocket explosion prior to the static fire test.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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