On that California west coast morning, from Space X Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base… is the Launch of a piggy back ride of ten Thales Alenia Space Iridium 3 – Iridium Next Satellites in which is constructed by Orbital ATK.. In which was launched on that Californian Monday of 9th October 2017 on 0531 hours Los Angeles Time- Pacific Date Time…
As per usual on some payload is singular, but currently trends with the increase in technologies on satellite technologies making them smaller, compact…? Meaning on carrier launch providers can launch two or more, this case its call piggy packing on a singular launch vehicle …. In this case the Iridium 3- Next satellites are design to have that clustering payload… in which the clustering payloads are launched into a LEO-Low Earth Orbit for more maximized communications coverage with overlapping communications coverage… in sequences from satellite one to ten..
Within ten minutes least from the launch is the landing of the first stage of reusable staging carrier rocket on an off shore drone ship “ Just Read The Instructions” that was station in the Pacific Ocean.
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 ….