Tag Archives: Iridium Certus

Iridium Announces Completion of ‘NEXT’ Satellite Network; Matt Desch Quoted

Iridium Communications on Wednesday declared the completion of the $3B Iridium NEXT satellite constellation at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "The completion of the Iridium NEXT program signifies a new chapter in the Iridium story, one that sees us transforming from a big cash spender to a big cash generator," Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a statement published Wednesday.
 

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Final Iridium NEXT Satellite Batch Launches Aboard SpaceX Rocket; Matt Desch Quoted

Iridium Communications’ final and eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard SpaceX’s previously flown Falcon 9 rocket. Iridium said Friday the satellites, which were fielded to orbital plane three, established communications with its satellite network operations facility after launch and are set to enter the first on-orbit testing phase.

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Matt Desch: Iridium Considers Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch an ‘Important Milestone’

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 …

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SpaceX Rocket Sends 7th Iridium NEXT Satellite Batch to Orbit; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications’ seventh batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites took off Wednesday aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch is the seventh of eight Iridium NEXT satellite missions that SpaceX agreed to perform to replace the McLean, Va.-based company’s existing network of 66 satellites in …

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Iridium-Rockwell Collins Partnership to Offer Government, Commercial Aircraft Connectivity Service

Iridium and Rockwell Collins have partnered to offer an L-band broadband service meant to address connectivity requirements of government, business or commercial aviation clients. Rockwell Collins will serve as an Iridium Certus provider and a value added manufacturer of ground terminals designed to facilitate satellite communications service delivery, Iridium said Monday. Certus is built to employ small …

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Iridium’s Scott Scheimreif: Small-Form-Factor Antennas With Broadband Connectivity to Back Mission-Critical Comms

Scott Scheimreif, executive vice president of government programs at Iridium Communications, has said he believes there will be an increased demand for small-form-factor antennas with agile broadband connectivity that work to support mobile communications during public safety and humanitarians missions. Scheimreif told MilsatMagazine in an interview how several relief organizations …

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Iridium Expands Iridium Certus Service Distributor Family for Maritime Applications; Wouter Deknopper Comments

  Seven companies have agreed to serve as Iridium Communications’ service providers for the Iridium Certus broadband capability for maritime applications. The McLean, Va.-based company said Tuesday the distributors of the L band service now include Globecomm, Network Innovations, Pivotel, MVS USA, IEC-Telecom, MetOcean Telematics and Samsan Enterprise Company. Wouter …

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SpaceX Launches 6th Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites, Aireon Payloads; Matt Desch Comments

Hawthorne, Calif.-based firm SpaceX has launched five satellites for Iridium Communications along with two Earth observation spacecraft from NASA and the German Research Center for Geosciences as part of a ride-share agreement. Iridium said Tuesday the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is the sixth out of eight Iridium NEXT …

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Delivers 5th Iridium ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch to Orbit; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications’ fifth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites lifted off Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket and established communications with the company’s satellite network operations facility after launch. The launch marks the second use of the rocket’s first-stage booster that SpaceX deployed in October 2017 to …

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