Iridium nears completion of NEXT satellite network

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Upon activation of all 10 new satellites, orbital plane five will become the fourth Iridium orbital plane to be comprised exclusively of Iridium NEXT satellites.

The launch occured at 4:39 a.m. (PDT) from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

These satellites to replace orbiting satellites of the previous generation.

It is the first time that the company is having one mission for a first stage landing and the recovery of payload that will be done by catcher ship Mr. Steven.

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By launching this rocket, it provided an expanded broadband width to a variety of places, connecting and improving network performance worldwide, according to a SpaceX news release.

While weather during camera setup was absolutely spectacular, the predawn launch window meant that no sun was available to force the ever-present VAFB fog back over the ocean. As per the latest tweet, the company mentioned it intentionally wanted to use the net sometime in July which signifies that it could be utilized for Wednesday's launch.

Two minutes later, the first stage fired its center engine to slow itself down and land on the automated spaceport drone ship called "Of Course I Still Love You". It is expected that after today's launch of the satellite constellation network will increase to 65 from 75 planned. This was the seventh of eight Iridium launches contracted out to SpaceX. European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor for the satellites, working with Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems to integrate the satellites in Gilbert, Arizona. The Hawthorne-based company has another launch scheduled for next Thursday to carry an Indonesian satellite into space.

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