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Matt Desch: Iridium Targets Dec. 30 for Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch

Matt Desch: Iridium Targets Dec. 30 for Final 'NEXT' Satellite Launch - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Matt Desch
Matt Desch: Iridium Targets Dec. 30 for Final 'NEXT' Satellite Launch - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Matt Desch

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company plans to launch on Dec. 30 the final batch of Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket, Teslarati reported Thursday.

Desch said in a tweet the Iridium-8 mission will take off aboard Falcon 9's previously-flown booster from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

He noted the B1049.2 booster would skip a return-to-launch site recovery by trying to land on a SpaceX-made autonomous spaceport drone ship, dubbed Just Read The Instructions, following launch.

The announcement came three months after Iridium launched its seventh batch of NEXT satellites.

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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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