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Falcon 9 Iridium NEXT Mission 1

Return-to-flight mission after the loss of Amos-6 in September 2016. Iridium NEXT will replace the original Iridium constellation, launched in the late 1990s. Each Falcon mission will carry 10 satellites, with a goal to complete deployment of the 66 plus 9 spare satellite constellation by mid 2018. The first two Iridium qualification units were supposed to ride a Dnepr rocket in April 2016 but were delayed, so Iridium decided to qualify the first batch of 10 satellites instead.

Launch Information

Launch Date

Saturday 14th January 2017 at 17:54 UTC

Launch Pad

VAFB SLC 4E

Rocket

Falcon 9

Booster

B1029.1

Launch Success

Yes

Landing Attempt

Yes

Landing Success

Yes

Landing Site

Just Read The Instructions

Payloads

Payload
Customer
Manufacturer
Mass (kg)
Mass (lbs)
Orbit
Iridium NEXT 1

Iridium Communications

Thales Alenia Space

9600
21200
PO

Launch Photos

All of these images are from the SpaceX Flickr page and all of them belong to SpaceX

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