Under construction also testing currently at the moment in a car – Aircraft manufacturing type line is the construction of eighty one Iridium Next Satellites in Orbital ATK‘s Gilbert Arizona Satellite Manufacturing facility… As Orbital ATK is under contract from Thales Alenia Space to manufacture eighty one satellites to replacing its aging Constellation Satellites in which it was launched from a series of SpaceX falcon nines reusable carrier rocket booster that launched from its Vandenberg air force base also another location from the Iconic NASA’s launch complex 39A, in which launched the Saturn five Apollo mission to the moon, then converted to the STS-Space Transportation System-Space Shuttle mission..
Iridium Next Constellation is built from very ground up like assembly of building from a ground up of an aircraft or a car… in which the satellites are designed for LEO- Low Earth Orbit in with back up, also spare parts…. As with the LEO- Low Earth Orbit of 780 Kilometers above earth to allow shorter transmission paths also with given stronger signal gains of a LEO with a lower Latency, shorter registration time than having a GEO- Geo Stationary Orbit.. With the numerous clusters of the Iridium Next network in LEO, it’ll will minimized the empty spots therefore increasing the area coverage of continuing communications with overlapping communication coverage spots to minimizes dropped connections and various types of communications…. As the network is in LEO travelling in orbit at 27360 Km/hour it cover more communications requirements in each orbit takes 100 minutes ….
The Next launch of the IridiumNext cluster of ten satellites per launch is targeted for Ninth October 2017 with SpaceX Falcon Nine at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California at 0537 Pacific Date time Californian morning..