Matt Desch: Iridium, SpaceX Negotiate Price for Satellite Launches With Reusable Rocket Stages

Matt Desch

Iridium CEO Matt Desch has said SpaceX agreed to lower the price of future Iridium NEXT satellite launches the latter company will conduct using previously-flown rocket stages, Space Intel Report reported Thursday.

Desch added that Iridium accepted the use of previously-flown stages primarily due to schedule assurance and that the deal also offers a “financially positive impact,” according to the report.

Iridium selected SpaceX to perform eight launches that will send the 75-satellite NEXT constellation into orbit.

SpaceX has carried out the first three deployments with 10 satellites each using its Falcon 9 rocket.

The company will conduct the fourth and fifth launches with a reused Falcon 9 first stage.

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