Iridium to launch new telecom satellites

June 16, 2010
US-based Iridium Communications Wednesday announced plans to launch a new fleet of satellites for global voice and data communications with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

US-based Iridium Communications Wednesday announced plans to launch a new fleet of satellites for global voice and data communications with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

The 492-million-dollar contract is the largest single commercial launch deal ever signed, the companies said, and will allow the telecoms firm to put up a new generation of low-orbit satellites with more capacity.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 will carry multiple Iridium NEXT satellites per vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California between 2015 and 2017.

Iridium said it may contract with at least one additional launch services provider.

"This is the third major building block on the road to Iridium NEXT," said Matt Desch, chief executive of Iridium, which provides phone communications in remote parts of the world.

"SpaceX has combined the best of aerospace and commercial best practices to design reliable and cost-effective access to space, and will be the beneficiary of that effort."

SpaceX expects to work with the US space agency NASA to transport materials to the and possibly astronauts as well, in the wake of cutbacks in the US shuttle program.

Explore further: Thales Alenia wins Iridium deal for 81 satellites: company

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