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Matt Desch: First Iridium NEXT Satellites to Launch in April

Matt Desch
Matt Desch

TYSONS CORNER, VA, November 13,  2015 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has moved back the launch schedule for the first two Iridium NEXT satellites in order to fix an issue discovered on the Ka-band transmit-receive modules, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday the satellites will launch instead in April after prime contractor Thales Alenia Space discovered the “bug” during tests.

“[A] resistor needs to be changed in the circuitry, and then the component can be re-installed on the first two [spacecraft] and certified through another round of testing, ” said Iridium CEO Matt Desch.

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