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Matt Desch: Potential Iridium NEXT Customers Eye Data Quality Preview Before Commitments

Iridium CEO Matt Desch has said prospective customers of the company’s next-generation satellites want to see quality of data that the new constellation could provide before making commitments through contracts, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Andy Pasztor writes Desch told the publication in an interview that customers such as the Federal …

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Orbital ATK Ships Initial Iridium NEXT Satellites to Vandenberg AF Base; Matt Desch Comments

Orbital ATK has transported the first two next-generation Iridium satellites to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of preparations for the scheduled liftoff on Sept. 19, Spaceflight Now reported Wednesday. Stephen Clark writes the satellites were shipped via truck from an Orbital ATK-run manufacturing facility near Phoenix to Vandenberg, …

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Thales Alenia Space-Orbital ATK Team Completes 1st Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments

A team of Thales Alenia Space and Orbital ATK has finished construction work on the first batch of communications satellites for Iridium‘s NEXT program, Spaceflight Now reported Wednesday. Stephen Clark writes the satellites are set for delivery to Vandenberg Air Force Base for fueling and mating with a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket prior to the launch of …

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Iridium to Launch Satellite Broadband Service in Q2 2017; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications will release a new satellite communications service offering for the government and enterprise sectors in the second quarter of 2017. The Certus service will be powered by Iridium’s NEXT satellite network and will work to deliver broadband connectivity to public and private sector customers as a standalone option or in conjunction with very small aperture terminals, Iridium said Tuesday. Iridium …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Releases Positioning, Navigation & Timing Tech Offering

Iridium Communications has introduced a technology platform the company designed to help users access satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing data in locations where GPS services are limited or unavailable. The Satellite Time and Location system will work to verify GPS, Galileo and Glonass navigation signals when deployed through Iridium’s constellation of cross-linked satellites in low-Earth orbit, the company said …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Mulls Satellite to Track Aircraft GPS Transponder Following EgyptAir Crash

Iridium Communications eyes the possibility of launching by 2018 a satellite system that monitors an aircraft’s global positioning system transponder to help broadcast flight information in real time, CBS News reported Friday. “A global surveillance system can track that airplane down to the second and help you find it very quickly,” Iridium CEO Matt Desch told …

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Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Launch Pushed Back to July on Russia Approval Process Delay

Iridium Communications has delayed the launch of its 66-satellite Iridium NEXT constellation from April to July after the launch provider notified of delays in obtaining government approvals for the launches, Iridium CEO Matt Desch told investors Thursday. SpaceX will launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites in December on its Falcon 9 rocket and joint Russian-Ukrainian …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Reschedules Initial NEXT Satellite Launch to April

Iridium Communications has rescheduled the launch of the first pair of Iridium NEXT satellites to April to provide an additional four months to address an issue with the satellite’s communications payload, Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday. Stephen Clark writes Iridium CEO Matt Desch said Oct. 29 that prime contractor Thales Alenia Space found an …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Put $3B Toward 66-Satellite Constellation

Iridium Communications has spent $3 billion on its program to launch 66 satellites that will work to offer airline companies satellite-based air traffic surveillance services, CEO Matt Desch told The Globe and Mail for an article published Sunday. Eric Atkins writes those satellites will carry instruments to collect information such as aircraft speed and location in an effort …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Installs NEXT Satellite Air Traffic Surveillance Payload

Iridium Communications has integrated an Aireon-built air traffic surveillance payload system into a NEXT satellite that is scheduled to go into space between 2015 and 2017. Aireon will utilize the hosted Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receiver payload to help the aviation industry access information about aircraft position and status, Iridium said …

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ITU Takes Iridium Satellite Phone Donation for Emergency Communications; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has donated 25 satellite phones and batteries to the International Telecommunication Union as part of efforts to increase the organization’s emergency communications capacity for disaster response and recovery activities. ITU said Wednesday Iridium first donated emergency telecommunication equipment to the organization in 2007. “Iridium’s donation comes at a critical time when natural disasters are …

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