The AST Group (AST) has announced a partnership with Thales covering the supply of Thales VesseLINK terminals for use with Iridium’s new Certus L-band satcom service.
Iridium is closing in on completion of its second generation NEXT satellite network, with the successful fifth launch of another 10 satellites confirmed on March 30 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carried out by SpaceX using its Falcon 9 rocket.
Iridium has confirmed the names of the initial maritime launch partners for its next generation Certus L-band satellite service, with Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies Ltd (AST) and Satcom Global the first four companies appointed as global resellers, while Arion will act as a regional partner focusing on the Asian market.
Iridium has announced that its fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been given a targeted date of March 18, 2018, by SpaceX. Like all previous launches in the programme it will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Iridium has successfully launched the fourth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, on board a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on December 22, 2017.
Iridium has announced that its fourth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for December 22, 2017, to take place once again from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Iridium has completed the successful launch of its third group of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, with all satellites now safely deployed, the company said.
Iridium has confirmed that 10 satellites from its Iridium NEXT roll-out have been delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, ahead of the third scheduled launch in the company’s next generation satellite programme on October 4.
Iridium has announced that the third launch for its new NEXT constellation has been scheduled for September 30, 2017, which will bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites deployed to 30 if successful.
Iridium has successfully completed the second satellite launch for its next-generation network, Iridium NEXT, with a payload of 10 satellites deployed into low-Earth orbit on June 25, adding to the 10 initial satellites in the constellation already launched in January of this year.
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