Tag Archives: Matt Desch

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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Airbus, Aireon Form Aircraft Surveillance Partnership; Iridium’s Matt Desch Comments

Airbus’ defense and space business has partnered with Iridium Communications’ subsidiary, Aireon, and introduced an airspace analytics platform at the Farnborough Airshow. Aireon said Thursday it will deliver space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast data to Airbus’ recently launched analytics tool – AirSense – to facilitate real-time aircraft tracking, streamline airspace utilization and …

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Iridium’s Matt Desch: Personal Mobile Device Use a ‘Top Trend’ in Satcom Industry

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications and a four-time Wash100 winner, has said the “bring your own device” arrangement is one of the top trends he has observed in the satellite communications sector. “The market is demanding reliable connections through personal mobile devices, regardless of location,” he told CommunicAsia in an …

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Iridium’s Matt Desch, NTT Data’s Tim Conway Among GovCon Vets Named to NVTC FY 2018-2019 Board

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch and Tim Conway, president of NTT Data’s public sector business, have been appointed to the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s board of directors for fiscal year 2018-2019. Desch is one of the eight executives appointed by Rich Montoni, NVTC board chairman and vice chairman at Maximus, …

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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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Iridium Gets OK to Provide Services for Global Maritime Distress Safety System; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has received approval from the International Maritime Organization’s maritime safety committee to provide Global Maritime Distress Safety System mobile satellite services. Iridium said Monday it plans to start providing GMDSS services by early 2020 through its satellite network and will collaborate with the International Mobile Satellite Organization to facilitate the …

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Matt Desch: Private-Public Coordination Needed to Fix Current Space Debris Problem

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, has said coordination between the private and public sectors is needed to resolve the current space debris problem, USA Today reported Monday. Desch believes the U.S. should lead efforts in space activities, especially in manufacturing satellites, as start-ups have started designing and launching satellites …

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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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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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Matt Desch: Iridium Expects Late-March Launch for 5th ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, has said the company is likely to launch on March 29 the fifth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceNews reported Monday. Desch, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, added the company expects subsequent launches to occur every five to six weeks to complete the Iridium …

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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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