Satelles would like to offer a hearty congratulations to Iridium and its partners, including Thales Alenia Space, Orbital ATK and SpaceX, on an amazing and tremendously successful first launch of the Iridium NEXT constellation!  Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, is quoted as follows: “Today Iridium launches a new era in the history of our company and a new era in space as we start to deliver the next-generation of satellite communications.  We have been working endless hours for the last eight years to get to this day, and to finally be here with ten Iridium NEXT satellites successfully launched into low-Earth orbit is a fulfilling moment. We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work from our team, as well as our partners, to help us achieve this milestone.”  Link