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

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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