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Last batch of Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit

The telecom constellation now fully deployed

The last batch of Iridium NEXT satellites, built by Thales Alenia Space (TAS), the joint-company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. With this eighth launch, the Iridium NEXT fleet is now fully deployed to low earth orbit. The operational constellation comprises 66 satellites, at an altitude of about 780 kilometers, organized...

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