A mockup of an Iridium satellite
|Operator||Iridium Satellite LLC|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||5 May 1997|
|Rocket||Delta II 7920-10C|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-2W|
Iridium 7 was a U.S. Iridium communications satellite. It was launched into low Earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 14:55 GMT on 5 May 1997, by a Delta II 7920-10C carrier rocket. It was operated in Plane 4 of the Iridium satellite constellation, with an ascending node of 262.4°.
It had a partial technical failure in 2009 and was subsequently paired with Iridium 51, and relegated to following it and managing traffic routing.