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IRIDIUM 119

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IRIDIUM 119 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 42959
Int'l Code: 2017-061E
Perigee: 782.9 km
Apogee: 786.7 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 119 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 42959U 17061E   18321.43280638  .00000080  00000-0  21530-4 0  9996
2 42959  86.3954 102.2724 0002617  96.9242 263.2252 14.34218853 57960
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC