TYSONS CORNER, VA, February 26, 2016 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has moved back the launch of the first set of Iridium NEXT satellites to July using SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket following delays in obtaining clearance from the Russian government, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.
The report said Iridium CEO Matt Desch told investors at an earnings call that Russia’s defense ministry has not yet provided feedback on the application submitted by launch provider Kosmotras.
“Even with this change, the Iridium NEXT constellation remains on track for full deployment in 2017, ” he said.
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