Tag Archives: L-band

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Industry Supports Gov’t Missions Through Investments in Satcom Capabilities

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Inmarsat Government wrote in a SatMagazine article that the commercial satellite communications industry supports government customers’ missions and understand their requirements by investing in programs and capabilities that seek to improve the mobility, redundancy, flexibility, throughput, protection and resilience of satcom systems.

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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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Matt Desch: Iridium’s Broadband Service Could Complement LEO Constellations

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, has said he observed new low-Earth orbit satellites work to support broadband services that the company already offers along with very small aperture terminals, SpaceNews reported Thursday. Desch told investors in an earnings call held Thursday he believes LEO constellation operators do not pose a significant threat …

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COMSAT to Deliver Iridium Certus Broadband Service to DoD; Matt Desch Comments

COMSAT has agreed to provide Iridium Communications’ broadband service to warfighters and other users within the Defense Department by mid-2018. COMSAT will deliver voice calling, telematics data, environmental assessments, usage statistics, staff tracking applications and other capabilities to DoD users and military personnel through the Iridium Certus broadband service offering …

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Iridium Certus Broadband Service Enters On-Orbit Test; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has initiated on-orbit tests of the company’s broadband service platform built to deliver global L-band connectivity through the NEXT satellite constellation. The company said Thursday it uploaded software to the NEXT satellites that are already in orbit to activate the Iridium Certus communications service. Certus entered live testing Sept. …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Govt, Troops Should Adopt Commercial Satcom That “Moves” With Them

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said government personnel and warfighters should adopt a satellite communications platform that “moves” with them to facilitate voice, video and data sharing and carry out missions amid disasters and global conflicts. Hirsch told the Mobile Satellite Users …

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Northrop Subsidiary Reviews Design of Inmarsat Satellite L-Band Reflectors

Northrop Grumman‘s Astro Aerospace subsidiary has conducted a preliminary design review of L-band reflectors for two communications satellites that Airbus currently develops for Inmarsat. Astro Aerospace will work to mature the reflectors’ design before the Inmarsat-6 satellite program undergoes a critical design review later this year, Northrop said Wednesday. Inmarsat awarded Airbus’ …

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Iridium Readies 2nd ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch for June 25 Launch; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has initiated final measures to prepare for the June 25 launch of the second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Get Connected reported Monday. “Once deployed, this batch of satellites will be tested and validated and inserted one-by-one into our existing constellation, replacing our …

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