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This launch features the fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium NEXT will replace the world's largest commerci...

This launch features the fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium NEXT will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network of low-Earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest "tech upgrades" in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, 75 of which will be launched by SpaceX. The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.

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Vehicle

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA

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Deployment

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Payload

Iridium-5

8600kg
Orbit Insertion

Polar Orbit (PO)

Customer

Iridium Communications

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