Iridium hardware maker International Communications Group (ICG) reports launching a study to determine the potential requirements for an aeronautical satcom antenna capable of linking to a proposed high-speed-data transceiver under development by Iridium.
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Iridium is inching closer to obtaining ICAO and FAA approvals that will allow airlines to use the satellite service for transmitting safety-of-flight messages to ATC on oceanic routes and over the North Pole.
Iridium, the Bethesda, Maryland-based satellite communications provider, has signed an agreement with Astrium Services that will see the latter, an EADS, subsidiary, becoming a value-added reseller of satellite communication equipment and services to its civil and defense customers worldwide.
Satellite communications provider Iridium is inching closer to obtaining ICAO and FAA approvals permitting airlines use of its service for transmitting safety-of-flight messages to ATC on oceanic routes and over the North Pole.
The Global 5000, billed by Bombardier as “the world’s fastest” intercontinental super-large business jet, received full type approval from Transport Canada late last month, clearing the way for first deliveries of green production aircraft to begin this spring.
La Jolla, Calif.-based Blue Sky Network announced receipt of an STC and PMA approval for the D1000 flight-tracking and two-way messaging system, which operates over the Iridium satellite network.
Blue Sky Network has introduced a portable satellite communication device for tracking aircraft and transmitting text messages and short-code reports. About the size and weight of a car stereo, the carry-on D2000MA/MDA tracker supplies real-time position data and text messages between aircraft and ground crew over the Iridium satellite network.
Although Inmarsat officials insist that the company is exploring ways to alleviate Swift64 data traffic congestion–which has been preventing many users of the satellite ISDN service from accessing the network at peak times–they say improvements won’t come until this summer when engineers start implementing a number of technical remedies designed to free up additional frequency spectrum.
Blue Sky Network (Booth No. 3405), a La Jolla, Calif.-based provider of Iridium satellite communication services and equipment, is at Heli-Expo’07 introducing a portable flight-tracking device that it says installs in less than a minute.
Iridium disclosed plans for a future constellation to replace the 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that make up its current satcom network. Speaking at the Satellite 2007 conference in Washington, D.C., company officials said the “Iridium Next” constellation will maintain the current service’s “cross-linked” architecture but will use Internet Protocol technology to deliver broadband data and voice communications services to users.