Iridium has named suppliers to help it build and deploy the Iridium Next satellite constellation over the next several years. Partners will include Boeing, General Dynamics, Avaliant, KinetX, MicroSat Systems and Trident Sensors. The Next network is predicted to cost around $2.2 billion and will consist of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites plus a dozen or so spares.
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.
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.
The Iridium satellite network is the medium for TextLink, a new portable satellite data communications package developed by Paradigm Services that will enable British soldiers on deployment to maintain contact with family and friends.
Just three weeks into his new job as CEO of Iridium Satellite, Matthew Desch is here in Orlando with a message. “Yes, Iridium is still around, and not only around but enjoying strong growth.”
Iridium has entered into preliminary discussions with satellite manufacturers about potential replacements for its network of low-earth-orbit communications satellites. The company is in the early stages of developing a satellite replacement strategy, according to a spokesman, who said the company plans to start serious design work around 2009.
The clock is ticking for Iridium, the global satellite communications service that has made its mark by providing voice and low-rate-data communication services for a growing list of customers around the world.
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