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Iridium Communications has completed a series qualification tests on a new design Spectrolab and Mitsubishi Electric developed for the solar panel arrays that will be fitted to the Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium said Tuesday the design consists of four panels that span approximately 30 feet and generate at least 2 kilowatts of power via triple-junction solar cells. Scott Smith, Iridium chief operating […] More
Iridium Communications is set to produce antennas for the NEXT constellation in large volumes following completion of the first five flight main mission antennas. Thales Alenia Space built the antennas to handle the transmission of data between Iridium customer devices, Iridium Communications said Monday. “The main mission antennas are a critical component of each satellite, and […] More
Iridium Communications and Thales Alenia Space have completed a test call of the L-band hardware and associated software for the Iridium NEXT constellation, demonstrating end-to-end call flow through satellite, ground and public switched telephone networks. Iridium said Tuesday the milestone validates the Iridium NEXT system’s capabilities for satellite communications as the companies prepare for the first launch next year. “Placing […] More
Iridium Communications has modernized its ground network months prior to its scheduled launch of a new satellite into low-Earth orbit in 2015. The company replaced the hardware and software systems of five ground stations and 21 antennas worldwide in order for the network to connect with the NEXT satellite constellation, Iridium said Monday. Scott Smith, chief […] More
Orbital Sciences has begun to integrate payloads for Iridium Communications‘ NEXT satellite constellation at an Orbital-run facility in Gilbert, Az. Orbital is responsible for assembling and testing NEXT low-earth-orbit satellites under an agreement signed with Thales Alenia Space, the project’s prime contractor, Orbital said Thursday. Under that contract, Orbital will deliver 66 satellite platforms, nine […] More
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 […] More
Iridium Communications has reviewed the design of the company’s satellite constellation network system ahead of the scheduled launch in early 2015. The company aims for NEXT to grow worldwide bandwidth coverage and help commercial partners both deliver services to users to connect devices over the satellite network, Iridium said Wednesday. “Completing the CDR phase establishes that all […] More
Iridium Communications has selected three students to receive scholarships under an initiative that aims to support students in the field of aerospace engineering. Eric McVay from the University of Alabama together with Christopher Nie and Chelsea Welch from the University of Colorado will receive the grants under the Iridium NEXT Mission Team Scholarship program, the company […] More
Iridium Communication's (Nasdaq: IRDM) deal with Thales Alenia Space, a leading European aerospace firm, for 81 communication satellites for use in the Iridium NEXT low-orbit constellation has taken flight. The launch of the first satellites is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. “We are extremely pleased to have closed the Coface financing and to […] More
Iridium Communications will launch the first line of its NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 12. The company said Tuesday Thales Alenia Space and Orbital ATK have completed assembly, integration and testing of the 81 satellites on the assembly line, which includes 66 operational satellites to replace the current Iridium network. “After more than seven […] More
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