SpaceX Plans Early Morning Satellite Launch From Vandenberg AFB

Gwen Vasquez
July 28, 2018

That flight will see the launch of the Iridium-7 mission and its 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The Iridium network is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 crosslinked satellites for a total of 66 in the operational constellation.

Iridium Communications curated a special Spotfiy playlist specifically for the launch, which includes "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys and "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra.

"This historic constellation refresh is one launch away from completion", said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium.

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The Space X launch utilizing a Falcon 9 rocket will be the company's subsequent of the week succeeding a launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday, July 22. At the outset of the live-stream, the Falcon 9 rocket was almost invisible, only coming into clear view after liftoff.

Per Space.com, the Arianespace launch was planned to take place near the Atlantic coast of South America at Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

According to SpaceX, the satellite is the latest in a new generation of Telesat satellites that are optimized to serve the types of bandwidth intensive applications increasingly in demand by users worldwide. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com. The Company has based these statements on its current expectations and the information now available to us. While other firms discard their rockets after a mission, SpaceX has sought to develop hardware that can make multiple trips to space. With the help of new devices will be voice and data transmission satellite Iridium phones.

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