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Falcon 9 Scheduled for Launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the third Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here Monday, Oct. 9, at 5:37 a.m. PDT.

Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, is the space launch commander.

"Our mission is to provide assured access to space and to do it safely and securely. We can't accomplish this without great mission partners like SpaceX," said Hough. "SpaceX's and 30 SW's ever present 'can-do-attitude' and job pride will be on display for the Iridium-3 launch."

For questions about the booster please contact John Taylor, SpaceX communications director, at 202-649-2632.

Due to the early morning launch time, the Hawk's Nest on Hwy 1 south of Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate will not be open.

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Note To Editors:

Media planning to put remote cameras in place on Sunday, Oct. 8, must RSVP by sending their driver's license number, state of issue, and date of birth to Mr. Michael Stonecypher at michael.stonecypher@us.af.mil no later than Thursday, Oct. 5, at 11:00 a.m. The remote camera media escort will depart the Vandenberg south gate parking lot Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2:00 p.m.

Media planning to cover the launch must RSVP by sending their driver's license number, state of issue, and date of birth to Mr. Michael Stonecypher at michael.stonecypher@us.af.mil no later than Thursday, Oct. 5, at 11:00 a.m. The media escort will depart the Vandenberg south gate parking lot Monday, Oct. 9, at 4:30 a.m.

Submit all RSVPs by Thursday, Oct. 5, at 11:00 a.m. Any names not on the RSVP list will not be allowed on base. For questions on launch day, call (805) 588-9271.