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Matt Desch: SpaceX “˜Back on the Path“™ for Iridium Satellite Launch After Rocket Explosion

Matt Desch: SpaceX “˜Back on the Path“™ for Iridium Satellite Launch After Rocket Explosion - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Matt Desch
Matt Desch

Iridium CEO Matt Desch has said he is confident that SpaceX is back on track to launch Iridium“™s new fleet of satellites into orbit after Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, spoke about the cause of the Sept. 1 explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

“We“™ve been privy to the thinking and the analysis and the data involved at a very deep level,“ Desch told Washington Post reporter Christian Davenport in an interview.

“We are back on the path for a first launch and, yes, I feel very confident that the issue that was found won“™t be repeated for our launch,“ Desch added.

Musk told CNBC in a Nov. 4 interview that the rocket explosion was caused by “a combination of liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen.“

Iridium has selected SpaceX to perform seven missions in 2017 to launch new satellites that would replace the former’s 66-satellite constellation, according to the report.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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