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Iridium Announces Target Launch Date for the Iridium-6/GRACE-FO Mission

Unique "Rideshare" Mission will Deploy Two Sets of Satellites in Two Separate Orbits

MCLEAN, Va., April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that the Iridium-6/GRACE-FO rideshare mission, the sixth Iridium® NEXT launch overall, has been targeted for launch by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California for May 19, 2018 at approximately 1:03 PM PDT (20:03 UTC).

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Iridium Announces Date for Fifth Iridium® NEXT Launch

First Iridium launch of 2018 set to begin rapid launch cadence targeting completion by mid-year

MCLEAN, Va. – January 22, 2018 – Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for March 18, 2018 at 8:19 am PDT (15:19 UTC) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The first of four launches planned for 2018, Iridium-5 will deliver 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, bringing the total number of new satellites deployed to 50. This launch will use the same Falcon 9 first stage as the Iridium-3 launch that took place in October 2017…

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Aireon System Deployment Passes Midway Point with Fourth Successful Launch

Aireon enters 2018 with almost two-thirds of its operational space-based ADS-B system completed and receiving over 6 billion ADS-B position messages each month

MCLEAN, Va. December, 22, 2017 – Aireon announced today the successful fourth launch and deployment of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads hosted onboard the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation. At 5:27 PM PST, a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, marking the halfway point of the Aireon system deployment and bringing the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 40. “This is a huge achievement. With 40 payloads in orbit, we’re officially approaching two-thirds  of the way to being operational,”…

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