Seven Motorola Iridium communications satellites were placed into orbit on 14 September, on the third launch in 30 days by a Proton K booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Iridium 23-29 craft were the second septuplet satellites launched for Motorola by the Proton. An operational constellation of 66 satellites is planned to be in orbit in 1999.


Source: Flight International