Another ship, called Mr. Steven, was tasked with trying to snag the parafoil-equipped halves of the second stage's nose cone, also known as the fairing. The weather was predicted to have a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions with evening rain showers lasting longer into the night than typical for the area. "We've come a long way, and we are particularly excited to see the financial transformation enabled by the completion of the Iridium NEXT system and the associated drop in capital expenditures".
The primary goal will be to deliver a group of satellites into orbit for its customer Iridium, a satellite operator that's building a next-generation communications network. "We will continue to attempt that in the future as we learn to how to bring fairings back and then reuse them". Because this is a Block 5 Falcon 9, the fueling of the 230-foot (70-meter) tall vehicle began a mere 35 minutes before liftoff.
The still-in-development Ariane 6 will be meant to compete with SpaceX's cheaper reusable launch systems, though it is likely that by the time it debuts the latter company will have significantly bypassed it on cost savings.
House speaker says does not back impeachment of Rosenstein
So far, neither GOP leadership or the Justice Department's top brass are following suit. "But to impeach someone, I mean, no". Meadows said after that meeting that there was still "frustration" with how Justice has handled the oversight requests.
The launch was the second this week for SpaceX, which launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Sunday morning, carrying a Canadian communications satellite into orbit.
That booster made its own successful landing on SpaceX's Atlantic drone ship, christened "Of Course I Still Love You". Before launch, Falcon 9's stages, fairing and the mission payload are housed inside the hangar.