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Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company considers the upcoming launch of the last and eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites as “the most important milestone of all,“ Via Satellite reported Thursday. The Iridium-8 mission is now scheduled to launch Tuesday, Jan. 8, aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. […] More
Iridium Communications has announced that the launch of the eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket is now scheduled on Jan. 7, SpaceNews reported Friday. The new schedule sought to provide SpaceX more time to accommodate Spaceflight Industries“™ SmallSat Express rideshare mission, which took off on Monday, Dec. 3. Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch told CNBC in a video interview aired Friday that the company has a new satellite network in low-Earth orbit and considers internet of things as a “high-growth area.” “We have brand-new satellites that are in space. We got a bunch of revenue streams that will propel our growth in the coming […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company “synergistic“ relationship with SpaceX and the latter’s launch vehicle helped bring the seven batches of communications satellites into space, The Hill reported Friday. “I don“™t think we would have been able to get these 75 new satellites into space over the last two years if it hadn“™t been for […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company plans to launch on Dec. 30 the final batch of Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket, Teslarati reported Thursday. Desch said in a tweet the Iridium-8 mission will take off aboard Falcon 9's previously-flown booster from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He noted the B1049.2 booster would skip a return-to-launch […] More
Iridium Communications has partnered with Amazon Web Services to develop a cloud-based satellite platform designed to advance the adoption of internet-of-things applications and services. Iridium said Thursday it plans to launch in 2019 the Iridium CloudConnect service that will work to provide worldwide coverage for AWS' IoT applications through its satellite network. CloudConnect “will allow […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said satellite internet of things has become the “strongest growing area for the company,“ Via Satellite reported Thursday. Desch noted that Iridium is not in competition with other satellite communications providers and works to differentiate itself. “We have always been different from other broadband networks,“ he said at the World Satellite […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company intends to deboost the last batch of its legacy satellites in the first quarter of 2019 as it plans to transition all network functions to the Iridium NEXT constellation, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Desch, a four-time Wash100 recipient, told reporters Monday at World Satellite Business Week in Paris the company has […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch told NASASpaceflight.com in an interview published Tuesday how the company's satellite network and devices worked to help first responders communicate and perform recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico last year. “We could see this tremendous spike [in Puerto Rico and some of the surrounding islands] as […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch said the company expects to complete the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation this year to help Aireon meet its timeline for delivery of aircraft monitoring service through the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system, NASASpaceflight.com reported Friday. “The reason why that's important isn't for any services that we have today, it's for Aireon ““ which is a […] More
Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said he expects the company to start a “capex holiday“ over a 10-year period once it completes the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, SpaceNews reported Monday. “I know the history of other satellite operators regarding capex holidays isn't so good, but our motivations are very different,“ Desch, a four-time Wash100 recipient, […] More
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