Mobile satellite company Iridium Communications has launched 10 next-generation satellites that will be used for real-time flight tracking, giving air traffic controllers radar-like position data across 100% of their airspace. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 0537PDT on Oct. 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, designed and managed by Thales Alenia Space. The satellites entered low-Earth orbit approximately one hour later. “This ...

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