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US-based satellite company Iridium is set to launch its fourth NEXT satellite on 22 December from the SpaceX site at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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US-based satellite company Iridium has successfully launched a payload of 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit an hour after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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On September 6, 2008, a two-ton Earth-imaging satellite called GeoEye-1 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California (U.S.A.) for a polar orbit about 423 miles above the surface of the Earth. Google has secured exclusive online mapping rights.

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