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Changes to Iridium-7 satellite launch date

Satellite operator Iridium has revised the launch date for its The Iridium-7 communications satellite to 25 July from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The updated launch schedule for Iridium’s NEXT satellite comes after SpaceX informed the company that more time was needed to prepare the rocket for launch.

NEXT is the company's $3 billion, next-generation, mobile, global satellite network and it is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.  

Iridium NEXT is replacing the company's first generation global constellation in what Iridium says is one of the largest technology upgrades ever completed in space.

Iridium says the NEXT group of satellites represent the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organisations worldwide rely on to drive business, enable connectivity and to empower disaster relief efforts.

The NASDAQ-listed Iridium coincided the announcement of the launch update with an announcement of a revised date — 31 July — for its second-quarter 2018 earnings call.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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