Iridium

  • SpaceX successfully launches 14th Falcon 9 rocket in 2017

    SpaceX successfully launches 14th Falcon 9 rocket in 2017

    SpaceX launched its 14th Falcon 9 rocket of 2017 this morning, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket carried 10 Iridium satellites to orbit, and was the third mission for Iridium that SpaceX has conducted, with more planned to complete the communications provider’s Iridium NEXT satellite network. SpaceX also recovered the first stage booster of the Falcon 9 rocket it… Read More

  • Iridium satellite loaded on Falcon 9 rocket ahead of planned January 14 launch

    Iridium satellite loaded on Falcon 9 rocket ahead of planned January 14 launch

    SpaceX’s first return to active launch status could be only a few days away, as the payload from Iridium has been loaded on to the Falcon 9 rocket that’s set to take it to space on January 14 if all goes well. The launch was postponed from a planned January 9 date on Sunday this week, due to prevailing weather conditions at the Vandenberg Air Force base launchpad. The new window… Read More

  • SpaceX loads Iridium satellites for first Falcon 9 mission since explosion

    SpaceX loads Iridium satellites for first Falcon 9 mission since explosion

    The payload is now on board for SpaceX’s first return to launch following its September 1 explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket on a launchpad during fueling. The proposed launch is currently awaiting clearance by the FAA for a launch window that opens January 7 and goes through January 9. A return to flight for SpaceX would be a big step forward in terms of the private spacefaring company… Read More

  • Iridium’s New AxcessPoint Hotspot Provides WiFi In The Rainforest

    Iridium’s New AxcessPoint Hotspot Provides WiFi In The Rainforest

    Perhaps best known for their line of rugged, work-anywhere satellite phones, Iridium Communications has revealed today that they’re looking to try something new. Alongside news of a new handset dubbed the Iridium Extreme, Iridium has also unveiled their new AxcessPoint hotspot, which allows users to get online and get their email fix just about anywhere on the planet. Read More

  • Iridium satellite collides with Russian satellite

    Mobile satellite phone service provider Iridium found one of its orbiting satellites knocked offline when it collided with a non-working Russian satellite 500 miles above Siberia on Tuesday. According to NASA, debris from the accident is potentially dangerous although it’s “very small and within acceptable limits.” The debris will be tracked by scientists. Read More