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Iridium NEXT satellites arrive in California for launch

The NEXT satellites were shipped from their manufacturing facility in Arizona The NEXT satellites were shipped from their manufacturing facility in Arizona

Iridium has confirmed that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites set for inclusion in the second launch in its NEXT programme have arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California and are being processed for their scheduled launch with SpaceX on June 25th.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“First launch testing and validation activities went smoothly, so I have every confidence that our team will more than meet the challenge ahead,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium.

“We’re looking at a spectacular pace of new satellites entering service, that nobody has done since Iridium, the first time around.”

The June 25th launch is the second of eight launches for Iridium NEXT. Under the lead of manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, the satellites were shipped in pairs from the Orbital ATK Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Arizona, USA, in specially designed motion and temperature-controlled shipping containers.

Upon arrival, each satellite began pre-launch processing which will continue up until launch day. This includes mating them to the dispensers, fuelling and encapsulation within the payload fairing.

Simultaneously, SpaceX is processing the first and second stages for static fire and launch. All components are on-site and on schedule at this time, Iridium says.{/mprestriction}

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