Re: Iridium sats

From: Denis V. Denissenko (denis@hea.iki.rssi.ru)
Date: Thu Jun 14 2001 - 08:15:57 PDT

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    Hello!
    
    Mark Harris wrote:
    
    > Any particular reason why Iridiums 1 and 78 were never
    > launched?
    
    I've made a Google search and found only one post dated by 1997/05/12
    which lists IRIDIUM 1 (97020A, ID 24792) along with Iridium 2, 3, 4
    and 5 (97020B, C, D and E, respectively).  So Iridium 1 WAS launched
    back in 1997, but now this ID refers to Iridium 8.
    
    As to Iridium 78, check out this list's archives for December 1998,
    namely http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Dec-1998/0142.html -
    there's one satellite marked as Iridium 3 (78) 25431 98048A (98048B
    stands for Iridium 76).
    
    So looks like Iridium 78 has been renamed to Iridium 3.  Hope somebody
    will explain in more details what happened to "original" Iridium 1 and
    3.
    
    Den
    
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