Iridium Communications Inc. has wrapped up the critical design review of its satellite network system as the company moves to prepare for the production and testing phase of its satellite constellation.
Iridium designed the NEXT satellite for customers to run fresh devices and applications through that network“™s bandwidth, data speeds and global coverage, Iridium said Oct. 16.
The satellite network is also built as a platform for Iridium“™s PRIMESM offering for hosted payloads.
Scott Smith, Iridium chief operating officer, said the review demonstrates that the satellite program is on schedule and on budget.
Thales Alenia Space designed and constructed the satellites for the NEXT constellation and will further collaborate with Iridium to build a satellite bus for Iridium PRIME, as well as a hosted payload controller for that bus.
An initial production readiness review is scheduled in the first quarter of 2014 and the NEXT satellite is slated for launch in 2015.