Iridium Nears Launch Campaign Midway Point as All 10 Satellites Arrive at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Iridium-4 to create historic moment, making Iridium the first company to re-use the same rocket booster

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that all 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites for its fourth launch are now in processing at SpaceX’s west coast launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This launch will mark the midway point of Iridium’s launch campaign with SpaceX, and is the first of two Iridium NEXT launches utilizing “flight-proven” SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Iridium-4 is currently scheduled for December 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm PST, with a backup date of December 23rd. Noteworthy for the…

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Aireon Strengthens ADS-B Coverage

Iridium plans to launch its fourth batch of NEXT satellites in December, bringing the total number to 40 out of the 66 planned to be operational by mid-2018.  The constellation includes another nine orbiting spares and six more ground spares. Among hosted payloads on NEXT, the Aireon network of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers supplied by Harris is already transmitting more than 3 billion ADS-B messages. Read Full Article 

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Nav Canada’s Next Frontier is in Space

Corporation bets $150-million on satellite-based plane-tracking system. From California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying 10 satellites destined for near-Earth orbit, part of Nav Canada’s ambitious plan to wrap the globe in a digital net. The full constellation of satellites, numbering 66 by the summer, will track airplanes and give air-traffic controllers the precise locations of aircraft flying over 70 percent of the world – oceans, mountains and remote areas- not covered by ground-based systems. Read Full Article

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Iridium Announces Date for Fourth Iridium® NEXT Launch

Agreement Signed with SpaceX to Use Flight-Proven First Stage of Falcon 9 Rocket

MCLEAN, Va. – October 19, 2017 – Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the fourth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for December 22, 2017 at 5:26 p.m. PT [1:26 a.m. UTC on Dec. 23], from Vandenberg Air Force Base. This launch signifies the mid-way point of the Iridium NEXT launch program and will deliver another 10 satellites to orbit, bringing the total number deployed to 40. Targeted for just over two months after the third Iridium NEXT launch, this December date enables Iridium to maintain…

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