The Falcon 9 rocket (archive photo)

The launch was performed from the spaceport Vandenberg in California. The carrier rocket Falcon 9 into orbit two satellites-the twin GRACE-FO for NASA and five satellites, Iridium NEXT.


Booster Falcon 9 was launched in California with a pair of research probes for NASA and the communication satellites Iridium Next. Company SpaceX is a live broadcast of the launch.

The launch was performed from the spaceport Vandenberg Tuesday, may 22.

Falcon 9 into orbit two satellites-the twin GRACE-FO for NASA and five satellites, Iridium NEXT.

Satellites sensing, GRACE-FO is designed to monitor the gravitational field of the Earth and to study the changes of water cycle of the planet and its mass.

A group of satellites, Iridium NEXT to replace on-orbit satellites of the previous generation, the devices are designed for voice and data satellite phones Iridium .