LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Fri Jun 11 1999
China Aerospace Corporation

Iridium 92 & 93

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

June 11, 1999 at 1:15 PM EDT

(June 11, 1999 at 5:15 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

June 11, 1999 at 1:15 PM EDT

(June 11, 1999 at 5:15 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

June 11, 1999 at 1:15 PM EDT

(June 11, 1999 at 5:15 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

    Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

    Pad

    Launch Complex 7