Follow the SpaceX rocket launch

Meg Wagner and Brian Ries, CNN

Updated 3:47 p.m. ET, March 30, 2018
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3:20 p.m. ET, March 30, 2018

Our live coverage has ended. Check out the posts below to see how the launch unfolded.

2:10 p.m. ET, March 30, 2018

What went right (and wrong) in today's launch

From CNN's Jackie Wattles

SpaceX launched another rocket today.

Here's what went right: Liftoff occurred just after 10 a.m. ET from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the primary mission went off without a hitch. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered a group of 10 satellites into orbit for communications firm Iridium.

Here's what didn't: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that as the $6 million fairing, or nose cone, fell back toward Earth, the parafoils that were supposed to slow its descent became tangled.

So the "fairing impacted water at high speed," Musk said. That likely destroyed it.

SpaceX had hoped to land the nose cone into a giant seaborne net.

1:06 p.m. ET, March 30, 2018

$6 million fairing "impacted water at high speed," Elon Musk says

SpaceX's Elon Musk says the fairing, or nose cone, "impacted water at high speed."

He didn't call the experiment a failure, but that doesn't necessarily sound like a success.

He said the team would be doing "helo drop tests in next few weeks to solve."

12:10 p.m. ET, March 30, 2018

Landing the fairing is a difficult task

From CNN's Jackie Wattles

We're still waiting on word of what happened to the fairing, also called a nose cone. SpaceX is trying to catch half of the fairing with a giant net attached to a boat.

But landing the fairing will be difficult.

"It's arguably as challenging or more challenging that landing the [first-stage rocket boosters]," Glenn Lightsey, a professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech, told CNN.

SpaceX did not attempt to land the booster after Friday's launch. The booster had flown once before on an October 2017 mission, and SpaceX will reportedly discard some of its older boosters as it gears up to debut an upgraded version of the Falcon 9, called Block 5.

Learn more about today launch in the video below:

11:51 a.m. ET, March 30, 2018

People want to know why SpaceX's feed cut shortly after launch

A curious thing happened not long after the SpaceX rocket launched into space -- the stream cut.

A SpaceX anchor said that people who wanted updates would have to turn to Twitter as "NOAA restrictions" required they cease the broadcast.

That's not normal -- SpaceX normally streams far more of the launches, and the mysterious reasoning had many space fans and reporters trying to figure out what NOAA restrictions were in place.

Now, NOAA tweeted that it was "looking into questions" on the interruption, and would update everyone once it knows more.

11:16 a.m. ET, March 30, 2018

So... where's the fairing?

We're basically staring at SpaceX and Elon Musk's Twitter accounts awaiting word of what happened to the fairing. Did it land on the ship? Did it splash into the sea? We'll let you know as soon as we hear the news.

10:51 a.m. ET, March 30, 2018

"Never gets old": What it looks like when your neighbors launch rockets

Conrad Gonzales, a chef and restaurant owner in Lompoc, California, gets to watch every launch from his balcony. "The first 15 seconds you can hear nothing, but then the vibration and sound comes," he said.

"It's amazing and never gets old."

10:47 a.m. ET, March 30, 2018

Mr. Steven should be under the falling fairing in five minutes, Musk says

Elon Musk tweets an update on the fateful rendezvous between the rocket's fairing and Mr. Steven, SpaceX's trusty ship.

"Mr Steven is 5 mins away from being under the falling fairing (don't have live video)," Musk said.

10:36 a.m. ET, March 30, 2018

Elon Musk: "Godspeed, Mr. S..."

Elon Musk just tweeted that the boat — named Mr. Steven — will now attempt to catch half of the fairing with a giant net.

We expected this, but SpaceX hadn't confirmed it: Tracking site MarineTraffic shows the ship left the Port of Los Angeles yesterday. It's was heading for a location denoted as "Iridium 5," a nod to the name of Friday's mission.

And now we wait.

Mr. Steven made its public debut during a Feb. 22 launch. That recovery attempt wasn't totally successful. Musk said the fairing landed in the water "a few hundred meters" away from Mr. Steven.