Iridium Communications has reviewed the design of the company’s satellite constellation network system ahead of the scheduled launch in early 2015.
The company aims for NEXT to grow worldwide bandwidth coverage and help commercial partners both deliver services to users to connect devices over the satellite network, Iridium said Wednesday.
“Completing the CDR phase establishes that all components of the satellites will properly function as designed in the dynamic environment of the new constellation,” said Scott Smith, Iridium chief operating officer.
Iridium also plans to use the NEXT platform to support its PRIME initiative, a turnkey hosted payload service for space missions.
Thales Alenia Space leads the design and construction team on the NEXT program and is working with Iridium to develop a satellite bus for the hosted payload offering.