Internet beamed from space is a priority for isolated zones more than cities & still at least 5-10 years away.
All 10 newly launched satellites are communicated with Iridium’s network operations centre.
Elon Musk-backed SpaceX will now launch the remaining 10 satellites for Iridium later this year.
The Iridium Next communications satellites that SpaceX is launching with GRACE-FO will build up that company's satellite constellation.
Iridium said the 10 Iridium NEXT satellites are in early stages of testing and validating process.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said on Wednesday.