LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Mar 25 1998
China Aerospace Corporation

Iridium 51 & 61

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(5:01 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(5:01 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(5:01 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

Long March 2C/SD

Description:

Long March 2C/SD 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

Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Pad

Launch Complex 7