SpaceX is targeting launch of the Iridium-7 NEXT mission tomorrow, July 25th, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The instantaneous launch opportunity is at 4:39 a.m. PDT, or 11:39 UTC, and the satellites will begin deployment about an hour after launch. A backup instantaneous launch opportunity is available on Thursday, July 26 at 4:33 a.m. PDT, or 11:33 UTC.
This is the seventh set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean. To watch the launch live or learn more about the mission, visit www.spacex.com/webcast.