Cookies help us deliver the best experience on our website. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies Dismiss

NEXT satellites arrive ahead of October launch

Iridium’s NEXT satellites are currently undergoing pre-launch processing Iridium’s NEXT satellites are currently undergoing pre-launch processing

Iridium has confirmed that 10 satellites from its Iridium NEXT roll-out have been delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, ahead of the third scheduled launch in the company’s next generation satellite programme on October 4.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Pre-launch processing activities are now underway, which includes mating the satellites to the dispensers and completing fuelling ahead of their launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket early next month.

The Iridium NEXT programme includes provisions to launch a total of 75 satellites using the Falcon 9 vehicle, from the 81 satellites that are being built – 66 are required for the operational constellation, with the remaining 15 split between nine on-orbit spares and six ground spares. The October 4 launch of 10 satellites is the third of eight planned launches.

“Our teams, not only in California, but also in Arizona and in Northern Virginia, have maintained a steady and impressive pace when it comes to pre-and-post launch operations,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium.

“We’re setting a new industry standard for satellite deployment, in terms of both time and efficiency. On our end, all systems are go for our coming predawn launch.”{/mprestriction}

Related items

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio

Login/Register

Register or Login to view even more of our content. Basic registration is free.

Register now

Digital Ship magazine provides the latest information about maritime satellite communications technology, software systems, navigation technology, computer networks, data management and TMSA. It is published ten times a year.

 

Address:
Digital Ship Ltd
Digital Ship - Digital Energy Journal
39-41 North Road
London
N7 9DP
United Kingdom

Copyright © 2019 Digital Ship Ltd. All rights reserved           Cookie Policy         Privacy Policy