Today, we’re happy to announce the Iridium NEXT constellation has reached an important milestone, moving the project from the design phase and into testing and launch preparedness. Thales Alenia Space has delivered two complete high-fidelity satellite simulators and a number of low-fidelity simulators to our launch partner SpaceX. The simulators, representing satellite flight units, are the exact volume, have the same mechanical interface and mass properties of actual satellites and will be used in a variety of launch tests.

The completion of this milestone is testament to our continued progress toward the launch of Iridium NEXT. After years of hard work and planning with our Iridium NEXT Mission Team partners, we’re excited to see the program coming together. Read more about the simulators here.