Iridium announces target launch date for the Iridium-6/GRACE-FO mission
Earlier today,Iridium Communication announced that the Iridium-6/GRACE-FO rideshare mission, the sixth Iridium NEXT launch overall, has been targeted for launch by SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for May 19,at approximately 1:03 PM PD. An exact instantaneous launch window time will be available closer to launch. The second of four Iridium launches planned for 2018, this mission will deliver five Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, alongside the twin satellites for the NASA/German Research Center for Geosciences Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission. Collaboratively chosen by all parties and considering range availability, this launch date maintains scheduled completion of the Iridium NEXT manifest in 2018.