Iridium NEXT launch

by Peter B. de Selding

The successful launch of the first 10 Iridium Next satellites by SpaceX removes a major risk to Iridium's business, which relies on a first-generation constellation whose satellites were scheduled to retire years ago. Iridium Chief Executive Matt Desch said the new satellites will fill a hole in Iridium's coverage. A second SpaceX Iridium Next launch, scheduled for April, will fill another hole and add more in-orbit redudancy. Credit:

PARIS — The successful Jan. 14 launchof SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket captured the headlines as one of the . . .

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