SpaceX ready to launch Iridium for seventh time, aims for double recovery
SpaceX ready to launch Iridium for seventh time, aims for double recovery
SpaceX launches penultimate Iridium Next mission
28 July, 2018, 14:33
The Iridium network is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 crosslinked satellites for a total of 66 in the operational constellation. The rocket's upper stage deployed the 860-kilogram Iridium Next satellites into low Earth orbit about an hour later.
Iridium CEO Matt Desch says the NEXT satellites are faster and the voice calls sound better.
The launch itself was successful, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered into orbit 10 communication satellitesIridium constellation. The idea is that SpaceX should be able to bring in a used block 5 for inspection and then send it right back out for another launch up to 10 times in a row without any refurbishment.
SpaceX has been running a fairly fast-paced launch schedule, having launched a Telstar communications satellite on Sunday on a newer Falcon 9 iteration and scheduling another for August 2.
The 10 Iridium satellites will join the dozens of Iridium satellites in space. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. We'll embed the stream below when it's available. Iridium NEXT will enable and introduce new services like the Company's next-generation broadband service, Iridium CertusSM. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Iridium to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
After about six minutes of burning toward space, the planned parking orbit was achieved and the second stage's engine cut off as planned. "We have choppy seas, so today's landing attempt is going to be very iffy", said SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker during the launch stream.
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