The Final SpaceX Launch of 2017 Lights Up the LA Sky

In December 2017, as most Angelenos and their out-of-town guests were preparing for the Christmas weekend, SpaceX, Elon Musk’s advanced rockets and spacecraft company, launched their final Falcon 9 of 2017, leaving the Southern California sky shining and sparkling.

 The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications. In June SpaceX made a similar trip, landing the Falcon 9 on a platform in the Pacific Ocean. This launch marked the end of 2017 for SpaceX, which has contracted to replace Iridium’s system with 75 new satellites.