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    Default F9: Iridium NEXT #7 (10 commsats)

    This launch will bring the number of operational Iridium NEXT satellites to 65 (of 81; 66 active, 9 orbital spares and 6 ground spares)

    First of a run-n-gun, 2 launches in ~48 hours, before Telstar 19 Vantage.

    Date: July 20, 2018
    Time: 0512 PDT, 0812 EDT, 1212 UTC
    Pad: Vandenberg AFB SLC-4E
    Core: B1048.1 (Block 5)
    Recovery: ASDS Just Read the Instructions
    Coordinates: 32°29'7" N, 120°3'53" W

    Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT commsats
    Payload mass: 8,600 kg + 1,000kg dispenser
    Target orbit: 625km x 86.66°
    Final orbit: 778km x 86.4° (Plane 5 of 6)
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    New Date: July 25
    New Times: 0439;26 PDT, 0739;26 EDT, 1139;26 UTC

    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete— targeting July 25 launch of Iridium-7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
    12:08 AM - Jul 21, 2018
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    One of the coolest patches yet

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    Weather is 60%, the concern being ground level winds.

    Times: 0439;26 PDT, 0739;26 EDT, 1139;26 UTC

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