Iridium MMA deployments

Alan Rohwer (
Mon, 26 Jan 1998 21:21:00 -0500

Re: comment about new Iridium satellites not producing flares because
MMAs have not deployed:

The MMAs nominally are deployed within a few hours of launch, depending
on what order they come off the "dispenser". Always they deploy within
the first few orbits and deploy in a sequence with the solar arrays.
Solar array or MMA deployment failure would probably be a mission
critical failure, I should think.

Anyway, Iridium satellites should produce flares from their very first
Alan B. Rohwer 42.476 N lat, 71.498 W long, 95m elev
Boxborough, MA, USA