Tag Archives: Thales Alenia Space

Iridium Caps Tests on New NEXT Satellite Solar Panel Design; Scott Smith Comments

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 …

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Scott Smith: Iridium NEXT Test Call Moves Launch Preparations Forward

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 …

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Jean Loic Galle: Thales JV to Help Inmarsat, Hellas-Sat Build Joint Satcom Platform

A joint venture of Thales Group and Finmeccanica has secured a contract to design and develop a satellite platform that will work to deliver mobile and broadcasting services across multiple spectrum networks. Thales Alenia Space will build a dual-mission telecommunications satellite for Inmarsat and Greek satcom operator Hellas-Sat, Thales Group …

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Orbital Starts to Integrate Iridium NEXT Satellites; Scott Smith Comments

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 …

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SpaceX to Test Thales-Built Simulators for Iridium NEXT Satellites; Scott Smith Comments

Thales Alenia Space has developed simulation systems that will be used by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. in the testing phase of communications satellites for Iridium Communications‘ next-generation constellation. SpaceX was chosen to help launch Iridium NEXT satellites into space with a Falcon9 rocket under a $453.1 million contract between both …

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Iridium Finishes NEXT Satellite System Design Review; Scott Smith Comments

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 …

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Iridium CEO Matt Desch on Launching NEXT satellite

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 …

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