LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Sun May 17 1998
United States Air Force

Iridium 70, 72 to 75

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

May 17, 1998 at 5:16 PM EDT

(May 17, 1998 at 9:16 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

May 17, 1998 at 5:16 PM EDT

(May 17, 1998 at 9:16 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

May 17, 1998 at 5:16 PM EDT

(May 17, 1998 at 9:16 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    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