Iridium spares

From: Bill Mitchell (
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 16:14:55 EST

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    "The satellites launched Monday will join seven others that serve as
    orbiting spares, ready to replace any of the primary 66 as the craft age and
    fail in the future. By having the replacement satellites already in space,
    the spares are prepared to enter the constellation and fill any holes as
    they open up, keeping the Iridium system rejuvenated and functioning. "
    Couldn't the five new sats only replace ones in the same plane?
    They make it sound like they can maneuver to any slot in any plane.
    Is this possible?
    Bill Mitchell
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