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IRIDIUM 133

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IRIDIUM 133 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 42955
Int'l Code: 2017-061A
Perigee: 783.4 km
Apogee: 786.3 km
Inclination: 86.4 °
Period: 100.4 minutes
Semi major axis: 7155 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: October 9, 2017
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE WESTERN TEST RANGE (AFWTR)

IRIDIUM 133 is one of the 10 Iridium satellites placed on orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on October 9, 2017. All satellites were inserted into Plane 4 of the Iridium constellation, which is spread around the globe in six orbital planes, or pathways, to ensure worldwide coverage. The Iridium fleet requires at least 66 operational satellites for constant global service. Designed for 15-year lifetimes, the new satellites replace aging spacecraft that have relayed voice and data traffic around the world since the late 1990s and early 2000s. All of the Iridium Next satellites host radio receivers for Aireon, an affiliate of Iridium established in partnership with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Ireland, Italy and Denmark.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 42955U 17061A   19145.75918331 +.00000053 +00000-0 +11692-4 0  9998
2 42955 086.3997 023.1453 0002018 100.3251 259.8172 14.34215000085063
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC