SpaceX Falcon 9 (copy)

In this June 25, 2017, file photo, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Another launch, the third of the Iridium mission, is slated to take off from the base Monday morning.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is slated to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Monday morning as part of the third Iridium satellite mission.

The launch is scheduled for 5:37 a.m. Monday from Space Launch Complex-4. The mission will carry 10 Iridium Next satellites into orbit, bringing the company’s total constellation of telecommunications satellites to 30.

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

“Our mission is to provide assured access to space and to do it safely and securely,” Hough said. “We can't accomplish this without great mission partners like SpaceX.

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“SpaceX's and (the 30th Space Wing’s) ever-present ‘can-do’ attitude and job pride will be on display for the Iridium-3 launch.”

The fourth Iridium launch is scheduled for next month, according to Iridium.

The first 10 satellites of the mission were launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from VAFB on Jan. 14 and the second 10 took off from the base on June 25.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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