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SpaceX launched 10 Iridium satellites today (July 25) in the seventh and penultimate launch required to complete the communications company's new constellation.
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites took off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:39 a.m. EDT (1139 GMT, 4:39 a.m. local time). The launch had a 1-second window because of the precision needed for the satellite insertion, company spokesperson John Insprucker said during the launch broadcast. The launch went smoothly, even though fog obscured the view of the rocket until after liftoff.
Falcon 9 and Iridium-7 went vertical earlier today on the SpaceX launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Weather is 90% favorable for tomorrow’s launch at 4:39 a.m. PDT, 11:39 UTC. https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zGw49C1UTP— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 24, 2018
SpaceX hoped to complete two separate marine tasks in addition to the launch itself: landing the first stage of the rocket on the drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" and catching the rocket's fairing with a second boat, which, to date, no launch has accomplished. The company knew both boat maneuvers would be tricky today. "The weather in the Pacific is bad," Insprucker said. "We have choppy seas."
"[The conditions are] the worst that we've ever had for trying to get a first stage on the drone ship," he said later in the broadcast. Nevertheless, the company soon confirmed in a tweetthat the rocket successfully landed on the drone ship — despite some initial confusion due to a lack of lighting on the landing platform.
La antigua estación meteorológica con la que contaban, fue destruida tan pronto se comenzaron a registrar las primeras ráfagas del huracán María en septiembre del pasado año.
After two years of careful planning, the Topsail, NC dream wedding of Kerriann Otano and Dane Suarez was disrupted by Hurricane Florence. However, a community's response made sure the couple still had a day to remember.
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A newly formed tropical depression will bring needed rainfall, but also a flood risk to the southwestern United States and southern High Plains during the second half of the week.
About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in floodwaters from Florence in North Carolina. Health and environmental concerns have been raised as flooded power plants, industrial sites, and animal-manure lagoons may leak toxic waste into drinking water.
La científica Ada Monzón advirtió a millones de puertorriqueños del 'monstruo' que era el huracán María con educación y apostando a la resiliencia.
Nearly a week after Florence’s initial landfall in the Carolinas, the worst of the flooding is still unfolding as rivers that have hit major flood stage still have not crested.