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News Archive / Tagged: Space Launch Complex 4E

  • Gallery: SpaceX’s 2019 launch manifest begins

    Jason RhianJanuary 11th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- SpaceX carried out its first launch of the company's 2019 manifest with the flight of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Liftoff of the Iridium 8 mission occurred at 7:31 a.m. PST (10:31 EST / 15:31 GMT) at the opening of an instantaneous launch window.

  • Gallery: SSO-A soars in historic flight

    Jason RhianDecember 6th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (with a first stage on its third mission) lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E in California on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The mission got underway at 10:34 a.m. PST and saw some 64 small satellites delivered to orbit. About eight minutes after lifting off, the Falcon 9's first stage carried out its third controlled landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship located out in the Pacific. 

  • SpaceX sets record with launch of 64 satellites on SSO-A

    Curt GodwinDecember 3rd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- Overcoming numerous delays, SpaceX completed one of its most complex missions yet - the delivery of 64 satellites to a Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Gallery: SpaceX creates nebula, makes history

    Jason RhianOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX created its own nebula in the skies above California - as the company successfully achieved yet another milestone.

  • SpaceX expands range of landing sites with SAOCOM-1 flight

    Patrick AttwellOctober 8th, 2018

    SpaceX has just demonstrated its ability to land Falcon 9 first stages from each U.S. coast.

  • Iridium-7 mission takes to California’s skies atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 25th, 2018

    Wasting no time after its launch several days ago in Florida, SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 aloft, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the latest wave of Iridium NEXT satellites on their way to space. 

  • SpaceX launches 5 Iridium NEXT, 2 GRACE-FO satellites on Falcon 9 ride-share mission

    Derek RichardsonMay 22nd, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Sending the quintuple-satellite Iridium-6 mission into space for Iridium Communications along with NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft as part of a ride-share agreement, SpaceX launched its ninth Falcon 9 of 2018.

  • SpaceX set to send Iridium-6/GRACE-FO missions spaceward

    Derek RichardsonMay 21st, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — SpaceX is gearing up to launch another Falcon 9 rocket, this time with another set of Iridium NEXT communications satellites as well as NASA’s two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) spacecraft.