It's T-minus 4 days to launch & we're excited to share the #GrandFinale official #Iridium8 patch! Keep an eye out on Tuesday, during the launch, to gain insight on the hidden meaning found within the design! Iridium8 takes flight at 7:48 AM PST (15:48 UTC) on January 8th!
Still looks good for our 8th launch on the 8th of January!
Droneship Departure! Just Read The Instructions is being towed out of LA ahead of the upcoming Iridium 8 mission! The droneship is heading 244km downrange to the blue marker. Map via @Raul74Cz
Government shutdown isn't a factor to when we launch from what I understand.
I know a lot of you are waiting for an update on the Iridium-8 launch. SpaceX is still working through some issues on the rocket, and says we're NET Friday, with backup Saturday. They're finalizing range approval for those dates, so perhaps why they haven't announced yet. (1)Weather is iffy here on Friday, so I'm heading home tomorrow and may have to watch my first Iridium launch by webcast with all of you. SpaceX is focused a successful and safe launch. Side benefit: my character is growing, as patience builds character (so they tell me)... (2)
Heading westbound at 26,000 to the Iridium-8 launch! Actually, heading to Chicago where a friend with a faster plane will get us to CA. F9 rolling out this morning; will visit this afternoon when vertical. I think we may just launch these things tomorrow morning! 🚀🛰🍀