SpaceX - Iridium NEXT VIII Mission patch.
Jan. 11, 2019
Falcon 9 carrying Iridium NEXT VIII lift off
On Friday, January 11 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched the eighth and final set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.
Falcon 9’s first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes after launch.
Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed on SpaceX's “Just Read the Instructions” droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean. Falcon 9’s first stage for the Iridium-8 mission previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 10 satellites (Iridium Next 66-75) for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet.
Iridium NEXT satellite
Iridium will use its new satellite network to provide improved communications services to more than a million customers across a variety of industries, including expanded services for the so-called “Internet of Things”—smart devices that need their own communications network to connect to the internet.
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For more information about Iridium NEXT, visit: https://www.iridium.com/network/iridium-next/
Images, Video, Text, Credits: SpaceX/Iridium/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.