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Iridium 97



Iridium 97 is one of the two American Iridium communications satellites that were launched by a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk at 09:34 UT on 20 June 2002. (Rockot is a modified SS-19 ICBM.) these two 690 kg satellites augment the fleet of in-orbit spares to 14 satellites that are intended as backup to the operational fleet of 66 Iridiums. The fleet provides L-band links between mainly mobile telephones, many of which have been recently DoD/Pentagon-owned.

Alternate Names

  • 27450
  • Iridium97

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2002-06-20
Launch Vehicle: Rokot
Launch Site: Plesetsk, Russia

Funding Agency

  • Iridium (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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