SpaceX has launched a total of seven satellites, including two for Nasa and five for Iridium, in a single flight from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
A recycled Falcon 9 rocket was used to launch Nasa’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On probes (GRACE-FO) and Iridium’s five NEXT satellites.
Nearly 11 minutes and 30 seconds after the launch, the rocket deployed the GRACE-FO satellites. The Iridium satellites were deployed around an hour after the launch.
SpaceX used the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Zuma mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in January this year.