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Iridium to launch 6th ‘NEXT’ rideshare mission on May 19

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 11, 2018 — Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) targets May 19 to launch the Iridium-6 rideshare mission aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Iridium said Monday the mission is the sixth Iridium NEXT launch overall and would increase …

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Latest Iridium NEXT Satellite Launch Set for Dec. 22; Matt Desch Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Dec. 4, 2017 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) anticipates the Dec. 22 launch of the next batch of Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket after SpaceX signaled the start of payload processing, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The fourth batch of 10 satellites will launch from Vandenberg Air …

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Orbital ATK Urges Congress to Resume Commercial Satellite Launches Using ICBM Rockets

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 6, 2016 — Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) hopes that lawmakers will lift the 20-year embargo on using rockets from retired intercontinental ballistic missiles to launch commercial satellites, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Reuters reported Tuesday the company has previously used engines from decommissioned ICBMs on its Minotaur rockets, which has …

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Orbital ATK, Northrop, Aerojet Rocketdyne to Help Build US Rocket Engines

TYSONS CORNER, VA, December 30, 2015 — Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Aerojet Rocketdyne will help research efforts to build a U.S. counterpart of the Russian RD-180 engine under U.S. Air Force contracts worth $14.5 million combined, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. SpaceNews reported Monday the work of the three companies …

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Matt Desch: First Iridium NEXT Satellites to Launch in April

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 …

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Marillyn Hewson: Lockheed to Add Astrotech’s Satellite Launch Prep Offerings Through Acquisition

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has moved to expand its space systems business by agreeing to purchase Astrotech Corp.‘s business unit that provides satellite launch support work to the government and commercial sectors. Terms of the deal were undisclosed and Lockheed expects to wrap up its acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations …

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