Ten Iridium Next satellites delivered into orbit


Десять спутников Iridium Next доставлены на околоземную орбитуThus, currently, the project is fully implemented.

On Friday, 11 January, SpaceX successfully launched into low earth orbit ten satellites, Iridium NEXT with an air force base Vandenberg in California.

This is the last batch of telecommunication devices of the second generation of Iridium from a total of 75.

“Successful delivery of 10 satellites, Iridium NEXT low-earth orbit confirmed”, – stated in the message.

On the official page of the project Iridium NEXT has posted a confirmation that all the satellites were out of contact.

“National center of satellite control notifies you when you have telemetry all 10 satellite devices Iridium8”, – reported in Irridium by adding the hashtag #success (eng. “Success” – ed.)

Thus, currently, the project is fully implemented.

The second generation of telecommunication satellites, Iridium NEXT, developed by the French company Thales Alenia Space. Each of them weighs about 800 pounds. Revolving around Earth in a low orbit, 66 related to one of the orbital architecture of the spacecraft to provide services of mobile communication, high-speed Internet, tracking of air and sea traffic, all of your GPS data on 100% of the planet’s surface, including oceans, deserts and poles. 9 satellites remain in the so-called “orbital reserve”, in case some of the active devices fail. The total cost of the project amounted to $ 2.9 billion.


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