FW: iridium 77?

MALEY, PAUL D. (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 06:52:19 -0500

> BTW, in adding up the Iridiums, looking at the Iridium.tle, the lowest
> number
> is #4.  There is no #1, #2, or #3.  I don't remember ever reading an
> explanation
> for this, but I'm sure someone knows....(?).
> -- Jake Rees
>>>>The answer is: As for IR 1 through IR 3, those were never flown, as they
were ground
prototype and qualification test vehicles.  I don't believe there is
any plan to re-use those tail numbers, so they will forever be absent from
on-orbit constellation.

Paul D. Maley
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