SpaceX will launch five Iridium next mobile satellites on May 22

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 18, 2018

Another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a set of communication satellites is scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday, May 22. The Chief Executive of Iridium, Matt Desch, revealed this in a conference call with reporters.

The launch is now targeted to take place at 12:47 p.m.

The Article from Iridium to Deploy all Next generation satellites by Fall this Year.

Iridium representatives said Monday (May 14) that the launch would slip by two days, to give SpaceX time to deal with a "minor processing issue" associated with the two-stage Falcon 9, according to Spaceflight Now. -German orbiting geophysics probes and then rise to a higher orbit to deliver the Iridium satellites. It will be the sixth Iridium launch since January 2017 when the company began a campaign to replace its entire network of communication satellites with 75 new satellites. reports that SpaceX has been contracted by Iridium for a total of eight launches that will ultimately lift off into orbit 75 of its satellites.

Just like its predecessor, the GRACE-FO mission will send into orbit a pair of twin satellites tasked with keeping tabs on "the movement of water masses across the planet and mass changes within Earth itself", NASA stated in a news release detailing when and where it will broadcast the live coverage of the new Earth observation mission.

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