Next Falcon 9 Iridium launch date slips to mid-June, SpaceX backlog cited

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  1. Teslarati Bot

    Teslarati Bot New Member

    Dec 6, 2016


    Satellite mobile voice and communications company Iridium Communications Inc. has been an important partner for SpaceX, that partnership on full display for the January 13, 2017 Falcon 9 return to flight launch after the September 1, 2016 explosion. The company no doubt gained a decent amount of publicity from the circumstances surrounding the launch, but unfortunately the long-term effects of the launch pad accident are starting to settle in.

    Originally planned for a mid-April 2017 deployment, the launch date for the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites has now slipped to mid-June, Iridium citing SpaceX’s backlog in its press release on the issue.

    Iridium CEO Matt Desch continued to express confidence in their partnership with SpaceX, describing the previous mission as a “perfect orbit injection and deployment” and the delay as still in line with the company’s targeted deployment timeline.

    The mid-June launch will be the second in an eight-part series of Falcon 9 missions to complete Iridium’s 75-strong NEXT satellite constellation network by mid-2018. The launch will also be part of a “ride share” with NASA, carrying its GFZ Gravity Recover and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission (GRACE-FO).

    Article: Next Falcon 9 Iridium launch date slips to mid-June, SpaceX backlog cited
  2. AstroJane

    AstroJane New Member

    Dec 15, 2016
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    NASA "ride shares". Warms my commercial-space-advocate heart. Lol.

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