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Iridium-6 / GRACE-FO 1-2

Iridium NEXT is a second-generation worldwide network of telecommunications satellites to eventually replace the old Iridium constellation. These satellites will incorporate features such as data transmission which were not emphasized in the original design. GRACE Follow-On (GRACE-FO) is continuing GRACE’s legacy of tracking Earth’s water movement across the planet. Monitoring changes in ice sheets and glaciers, underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, and changes in sea level provides a unique view of Earth’s climate and has far-reaching benefits for its people.

Lift Off

Lift Off

Falcon 9 Full Thrust -- Unknown Core
From
Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA
At
Deployment

Deployment

Iridium-6 / GRACE-FO 1-2 -- 5460kg
To
PO
For
Iridium Communications / NASA
Landing

Landing

Undetermined Landing Location