SpaceX launches 10 satellites into orbit

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 10:21:00-04

A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California yesterday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.

They're for Iridium Communications, which plans to put in place 75 new satellites for its mobile voice and data communications system by mid-2018, requiring six more launches, all by SpaceX. 

The Iridium program also will bring an end to so-called "Iridium flares," which space enthusiasts have observed for years.

The new satellites will not create visible flashes of reflected sunlight as they passed overhead.