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Southern California suppliers learn to adjust to slowdown in satellite orders

SpaceX on Tuesday blasted six small commercial satellites to low-Earth orbit. It was the company's 10th launch this year - but the payload itself may be a sign of what's to come.

Like many companies, Iridium Communications Inc. has been developing a constellation of satellites. Those smaller satellites are set to gradually replace the giants that traditionally handled broadcast and other communications from 22,000 miles above the Earth.

In a reflection of that shift, SpaceX itself expects to launch fewer satellites next year - around 20, down from as many as 28

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