Iridium is closing in on completion of its second generation NEXT satellite network, with the successful fifth launch of another 10 satellites confirmed on March 30 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carried out by SpaceX using its Falcon 9 rocket.
SES has successfully launched four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites into space, with the new Ka-band satellites to join SES’s existing constellation of 12 MEO satellites, orbiting at approximately 8,000 km from Earth.
SpaceX has successfully launched the first two demonstration satellites for its proposed Starlink global satellite internet network aboard one of its Falcon 9 launch vehicles, part of a joint payload mission alongside Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite.
SES’ latest satellite, SES-12, has been unveiled for the first time to a group of journalists at Airbus Defence and Space’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, as it undergoes final tests before transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for launch in March 2018.
Iridium has confirmed the names of the initial maritime launch partners for its next generation Certus L-band satellite service, with Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies Ltd (AST) and Satcom Global the first four companies appointed as global resellers, while Arion will act as a regional partner focusing on the Asian market.
Iridium has announced that its fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been given a targeted date of March 18, 2018, by SpaceX. Like all previous launches in the programme it will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Iridium has successfully launched the fourth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, on board a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on December 22, 2017.
Iridium has announced that its fourth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for December 22, 2017, to take place once again from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Iridium has completed the successful launch of its third group of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, with all satellites now safely deployed, the company said.
Intelsat has confirmed the successful launch of its Intelsat 37e satellite from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, the latest addition to its EpicNG constellation of high throughput satellites.
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