Iridium contracts with smallsat launch startup Relativity for up to 6 launches from new Vandenberg site

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Relativity Space, a well-funded rocket startup that plans a first launch of its all-3D-printed Terran 1 rocket in late 2021, contracted with Iridium Communications to launch one or more of Iridium’s six ground spare satellites, one at a time, staring in 2023 or later.

The launches will occur from a new launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, following a “Right of Entry Agreement” with the U.S. Air Force’s 30th Space Wing, which manages the spaceport. Relativity announced the . . .

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