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.
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.
It’s not exactly a call from the governor, but it still qualifies as a reprieve of sorts. Verizon Airfone has sent letters to customers informing them that the MagnaStar air-to-ground phone service will stay on the air at least until the end of next year.
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.
Iridium last month disclosed plans for a future satellite constellation to replace the 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that make up its current satcom network.
The FAA’s Alaska Region this year will assess the suitability of a communications satellite system with an unusual history to supplement its Capstone automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) project.
Midcoast Aviation in St. Louis last month was busy installing the first Teledyne Iridium Units (TIU) in Challenger 604s operated by Boeing’s executive flight department. Designed for use with MagnaStar air-to-ground telephone systems, the TIU from Teledyne Controls allows buyers to use their existing MagnaStar handsets to place voice and data calls anywhere in the world.
Iridium’s new chief executive comes to the job following seven consecutive quarters of profitability and with plans in place to replace the communication network’s constellation of 66 satellites starting in 2013.
International Communications Group (Hall 4 Stand C96) of Newport News, Virginia, announced a new cordless Iridium phone for business aircraft cabins. The handset incorporates active noise reduction technology as well as an auto shutoff feature that helps preserve battery life. The handset is compatible with all models of Iridium communications transceivers sold by ICG, the company said.