LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Thu Aug 21 1997
United States Air Force

Iridium 22 to 26

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(12:38 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(12:38 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(12:38 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Delta II 7920-10C

Description:

Delta II is an American space launch system developed by McDonnell Douglas, now part of the Delta rocket family operated by United Launch Alliance. With more than 150 missions and a nearly perfect track record, Delta II has established itself as one of the most successful orbital launch systems.

Delta II 7920-10C rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Communications
  • Iridium provides global mobile telecommunications services using a constellation of 66 low earth orbit satellites in a 86.4° inclined orbit. Although 77 satellites were originally envisioned for the system and spawned the name based on the 77th element in the periodic table, the system has been scaled back. Motorola's Satellite Communications Group designed and manufactured the Iridium satellites with Lockheed Martin providing the LM-700A spacecraft buses.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Pad

Space Launch Complex 2W