SpaceX Launches Iridium-3 Mission and Deploys 10 Satellites

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SpaceX Launches Iridium-3 Mission and Deploys 10 Satellites.

SpaceX successfully launched the third mission for Iridium Communications Inc. with the deployment of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites.

According to Iridium "the satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:37 a.m. PDT. With two successful launches having already been completed this year, this third batch of 10 satellites brings the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit to 30, nearly half the amount required for a full Iridium NEXT operational constellation."

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