A version of this article appears in the September 8 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. AW&ST: What technical milestones are coming up at Orbital Sciences Corp. and Thales Alenia Space between now and the June 2015 launch of the first Iridium NEXT satellites? Matthew Desch: Right now, the first satellite is being tested at Thales in France. The first engineering model just got delivered to be integrated and tested with our existing satellites. The next two are in production ...

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