about iridium satellites fleet

mission brief

The Iridium fleet since origin has been composed by 66 active satellites, plus in orbit and on earth spares. The fleet is divided in 6 polar orbits of 11 satellites each one. Since 1997 a total number of 95 first generation satellites has been put on orbit. Nowadays Iridium Next second generation satellites are starting substituting the old ones. The following table resume the updated status of first generation Iridium satellites as follow:

Show an Iridium out of control, already decayed and in general which does not generate flares.

Show an in orbit Iridium which generates flares not yet captured by astrophotographers

Show an Iridium which flare has been captured by astrophotographers

To show more information, operational status and assigned plan of orbit, and to watch the already captured pictures just click on the desired Iridium banner

updated mission table