Iridium plans launch at Vandenberg AFB – KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Iridium is planning a launch out of Vandenberg Air Force Base next week.

Iridium NEXT plans to send a set of communication satellites into space onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch is currently targeted for 7:48 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8.

It’s T-minus 4 days to launch & we’re excited to share the #GrandFinale official #Iridium8 patch! Keep an eye out on Tuesday, during the launch, to gain insight on the hidden meaning found within the design! Iridium8 takes flight at 7:48 AM PST (15:48 UTC) on January 8th! pic.twitter.com/wHaTs0Qm8z

— Iridium Corporate (@IridiumComm) January 4, 2019

January 9 is listed as a backup date.

The launch was originally scheduled for December 30, but it was pushed back because of a delay involving another SpaceX launch.

The launch will complete Iridium’s mission of replacing its entire network of communication satellites with 75 new satellites.

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