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Iridium Eyes Satellite Launch on Jan. 14 Aboard Falcon 9; Matt Desch Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Jan. 10, 2017 — Iridium Communications‘ (Nasdaq: IRDM) initial NEXT satellites are anticipated to launch onboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 14 after a change in schedule due to high winds and rain around the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. The rocket will carry 10 Iridium NEXT …

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Iridium CEO Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Constellation to Offer Updated Services for Customers

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Jan. 6, 2017 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) CEO Matt Desch has stated the company’s Iridium NEXT satellite constellation project will seek to address the future requirements of government and private customers and provide a potential alternative to GPS navigation, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. “We see it having lots of opportunities …

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Orbital ATK Eyes New Missions for Pegasus XL Rocket After 2017 NASA Launch

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 30, 2016 — Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) is exploring new mission opportunities for its Pegasus XL air-launched rocket after the launch of NASA‘s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite in June 2017, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday the company has no plans of phasing out the rocket after the completion …

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Lockheed Martin Completes Encapsulation of EchoStar XIX Broadband Satellite

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 14, 2016 — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed the encapsulation of the EchoStar XIX broadband satellite in anticipation of its Dec. 18 launch aboard United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V 431 rocket, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The encapsulation required the satellite to be connected to an adapter and enclosed in a …

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DigitalGlobe Shares First Image From WorldView-4 Satellite; Lockheed’s Carl Marchetto Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 14, 2016 — DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) has shared the first image captured by the Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) WorldView-4 satellite that was launched in November from Vandenberg Air Force Base, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Lockheed said Monday the WorldView-4 is designed to take photos with 30-cm resolution …

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Lockheed Martin to Update Air Force GPS Satellite Ground Control System

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 13, 2016 — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will update the U.S. Air Force‘s GPS satellite ground control system to support GPS Block III satellite operations as part of the completed Contingency Operations contract, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. The company said Monday the modification is designed to allow the ground …

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3rd Lockheed-Developed Missile Warning Satellite Cleared for Launch

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 8, 2016 — The U.S. Air Force‘s Space and Missile Systems Center has approved the launch of the third Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) Space Based Infrared System missile-warning satellite, Executive Gov reported Wednesday. Space News reported Tuesday the military service also cleared an update for the satellite’s ground control system …

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Iridium Sets Dec. 16 Launch for Initial NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 6, 2016 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has set a Dec. 16 launch date for the first batch of the company’s next-generation communication satellites, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. Ten initial NEXT satellites will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California into low-earth orbit via SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket, Iridium said …

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SSL Awarded $127M NASA Robotic Refueling Spacecraft Support Contract

Space Systems Loral has been awarded a potential five-year, $127 million firm-fixed-price contract to support the development, deployment and operation of a robotic space vehicle for NASA’s in-orbit satellite servicing mission. SSL will provide spacecraft bus, critical hardware and associated services for the Restore-L  refueling mission under the contract, NASA said Tuesday. The agency aims …

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Iridium, Boeing Restructure Satellite Operations, Maintenance Partnership; Matt Desch Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 1, 2016 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) is set to hire the majority of the Boeing (NYSE: BA) team that provides operations and maintenance services for the former’s satellites as part of a relationship restructure between the two companies, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The firms will also signed a …

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