Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

SpaceX completes Falcon 9 static fire test, Iridium mission set for Monday, Jan. 9 at 10:22 am PST

Friday, January 6, 2017 12:56
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

As we reported yesterday, the team at SpaceX was planning a countdown rehearsal and Falcon 9 static fire test ahead of its planned launch, now set for Monday, Jan. 9 at 10:22am PST from the company’s west coast launch site at the Vandenberg Air Force base.

In a new tweet sent by SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, the serial tech entrepreneur and chief behind Tesla, confirmed that “hold-down firing” of the Falcon 9 rocket to be used in the upcoming mission has been completed. “All systems are go for launch next week”, says Musk.

The excitement was shared across Iridium’s Twitter handle and website. The Virginia-based communications company will be sending ten mobile voice and data satellites into orbit on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 as part of the upcoming launch mission.

“Iridium is excited to share SpaceX’s news that the static test fire of the Falcon 9 is complete, and that the rocket should be ready for the first launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites on Monday, January 9th at 10:22 am PST, weather permitting.” says the company through its website.

“The Iridium team has been anxiously awaiting launch day, and we’re now all the more excited to send those first ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit.” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer at Iridium.

Iridium has inked a deal with the California-based space company that would see the send off of 70 Iridium NEXT satellites into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Each launch mission will carry 10 satellites said to have a value of $284 million and a combined value of nearly $2 billion across all 70 satellites. The upcoming Jan. 9 flight will mark the heaviest payload SpaceX has carried to date.

Follow us @Teslarati and on Facebook to see live coverage of the event as our team makes its way to Vandenberg on Monday.

The post SpaceX completes Falcon 9 static fire test, Iridium mission set for Monday, Jan. 9 at 10:22 am PST appeared first on


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.