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SpaceX puts 6th batch of Iridium Next satellites into orbit

Wednesday 23 May 2018 | 08:34 CET | News
Iridium Communications announced SpaceX successfully launched a new lot of five Iridium Next satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Iridium satellites were joined by the twin spacecraft for the NASA/German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, in a unique "rideshare" launch. Shortly after deployment, Iridium confirmed successful communication with all five new satellites, formally bringing the total number of Iridium Next satellites in orbit to 55. This leaves just two more launches of 10 satellites

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Companies: Iridium / SpaceX
Countries: World
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