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Iridium revises date for Iridium-7 launch

The Iridium-7 mission is now targeting July 25, 2018 after SpaceX reported extra preparation time required for the launch.
The Iridium-7 mission will launch on July 25, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.

Iridium Communications has announced an updated launch date for the seventh Iridium NEXT launch and as a result, a revised date for its second-quarter 2018 earnings call.

The Iridium-7 mission is now targeting July 25, 2018 instead of July 20, 2018 as planned earlier for its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California with an instantaneous launch window of 4:39:26 am PDT (11:39:26 UTC).

This updated schedule comes after SpaceX informed Iridium that more time was needed to prepare the rocket for launch. To accommodate this date shift, the second-quarter 2018 earnings call will take place on July 31, 2018.

Iridium NEXT is the company’s USD 3 bn, next-generation, mobile, global satellite network scheduled for completion in 2018.  Iridium NEXT is replacing the company’s first generation global constellation in one of the largest technology upgrades ever completed in space.  It represents the evolution of critical communications infrastructure that governments and organisations worldwide rely on to drive business, enable connectivity, empower disaster relief efforts and more.