Iridium NEXT Launch Update

On Wednesday, July 25 at 4:39 a.m. PDT, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the seventh set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit (LEO) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Only one more launch of 10 satellites remains until the Iridium NEXT mission is completed, ushering in a new era of capabilities, like Iridium CertusSM broadband service and AireonSM real-time global aircraft surveillance.

The 10 Iridium NEXT satellites are functioning nominally and have begun the testing and validation process. The launch brought the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit to 65!

17/08/2018