Iridium is hoping to that by September; they would deploy its next-generation satellite constellations. They also expect the satellites to be in service around the same period. The Chief Executive of Iridium, Matt Desch, revealed this in a conference call with reporters.
He said it is possible to put the satellites in their planned orbits within a short period because the company is now efficient at maneuvering satellites into the orbits they intended for them.
Iridium has already launched 50 next-generation satellites. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 was the launch vehicle for these satellites. Desch revealed that out of the fifty satellites already launched, forty-seven of them are in service and the other three are now moving into their planned orbits.
The company has scheduled the next launch for the 21st of this month. This date is a 2-days delay from the initial date, May 19th. The Falcon 9 will launch these satellites as well. Desch attributed the postponement to minor processing issues. He