Matt Desch: Iridium Satcom Systems Support Caribbean, Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Operations

Matt Desch

Iridium Communications continues to provide satellite communications services in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico to aid hurricane recovery efforts, NASASpaceflight.com reported Saturday.

Iridium CEO Matt Desch, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2017, told the publication that Iridium saw an increase in satcom demand in the Carribean and Puerto Rico “on a scale that we have not seen before.”

Desch added that Hurricane Maria triggered an approximately 3,900 percent increase in Iridium satcom use in Puerto Rico — from 500 minutes per day to 20,000 minutes daily.

Commercial satcom devices that operate on Puerto Rico also grew from five to 10 different platforms to almost 2,000 unique systems, the report noted.

Iridium entered contracts with service partners who pre-positioned satcom assets with regional distributors in an effort to provide rapid hurricane response.

The company’s satcom devices, including the push-to-talk service, worked to facilitate communications between emergency responders to support missions such as area evacuations due to post-storm flooding

You may also be interested in...

Blue Origin

Blue Origin Launches 14th New Shepard Mission With Updated Crew Capsule

Blue Origin, a space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, used a capsule with updated crew systems during the company's 14th mission with the New Shepard rocket. The updated capsule featured new push-to-talk communications systems, noise reduction tools, cushioned wall linings, environmental systems and a crew alert system, Blue Origin said Thursday.

Teledyne

Teledyne Subsidiary to Produce Additional Navy LCS Missile Defense Modules

A Teledyne Technologies subsidiary has secured an $18M contract from Northrop Grumman to manufacture four more missile defense systems for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship mission package.

Orion

Lockheed’s Orion Spacecraft Concludes Assembly, Testing for NASA’s Artemis Mission to Lunar Orbit

Lockheed Martin has sent the Orion capsule to NASA’s exploration ground systems team for final preparations ahead of the unmanned Artemis I mission to lunar orbit that will launch later this year. The spacecraft concluded assembly operations and testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.