Iridium 28 replacement by Iridium 95

In late July 2008, Iridium 95 (27375, 2002-005D), up till then a spare satellite in orbital plane 3, entered the operational constellation, evidently to replace Iridium 28 (24948, 1997-051E). Initially, Iridium 28 remained close to its nominal position in the constellation, so had presumably failed on station.

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