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Scott Smith: Iridium, Boeing, L-3 Finish Work on NEXT Satellite Control Infrastructure

Scott Smith: Iridium, Boeing, L-3 Finish Work on NEXT Satellite Control Infrastructure - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Scott Smith
Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Iridium Communications worked with Boeing and L-3 Communications to build the system control segment for Iridium’s NEXT satellite and a facility for managing after-launch and early-orbit satellite operations.

The NEXT control segment is designed with L-3 Telemetry-West‘s InControl software that will work to manage command and control of the satellite constellation, Iridium said Wednesday.

Boeing oversaw SCS’s overall development and will provide operations and maintenance services for the Iridium program.

“With the SCS upgrade and completion of the Launch and Early Operations  control facility, we’ve passed two huge launch milestones and are now operationally ready for the launch of Iridium NEXT,” said Scott Smith, Iridium chief operating officer.

The LEOP infrastructure is co-located with the satellite firm’s mission control center and built to monitor the fleet’s critical phases of deployment.

Iridium expects the satellite network to be fully operational by 2017.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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