SpaceX, the US-based private space agency is all geared up to launch a 10 satellite-constellation belonging to Iridium Communications, a global satellite communications company on December 16.
SpaceX will be deploying its Falcon 9 rocket to launch the new satellite constellation that is part of the company's NEXT satellite network, Aerospace-Technology reported.
A successful launch will give boost to SpaceX and its ability to undertake such activities in the future. However the launch is dependent on US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) approval.
In September, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its launch pad during a test. It had destroyed Facebook's commercial satellite, which it had planned to use to extend Internet access in Africa. It was the second time in over a year that SpaceX had lost a Falcon 9 rocket.
"We are looking forward to the inaugural launch of Iridium NEXT, and what will begin a new chapter in our history," said Matt Desch, ceo of Iridium Communications.
These satellites from Iridium will be replacing the existing commercial ones of low-earth orbit.
Iridium plans a group of 81 satellites, as part of its Iridium NEXT, which is expected to give faster speeds and higher throughputs to industries. It will be available commercially by 2017.
Out of the 81 satellites, SpaceX will be launching 70 by early 2018. The satellite was made with the help of Thales Alenia Space.
The launch will take place from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US.