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.
Iridium has confirmed that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites set for inclusion in the second launch in its NEXT programme have arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California and are being processed for their scheduled launch with SpaceX on June 25th.
Cobham SATCOM has unveiled its first Iridium Certus Connected terminal, the SAILOR 4300, with the first customer shipment expected before the end of the year.
Iridium has announced that the first set of the company’s NEXT satellites, launched in January, have been integrated into its operational constellation and are now providing service to customers.
Satellite communications company Thales is taking its first steps into the commercial maritime satcom market with the launch of a new system called VesseLINK, aiming to provide commercial vessels with global broadband connectivity via the Iridium network.
Iridium has completed the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites, with the satellites delivered into low-Earth orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on January 14.
The first launch of Iridium’s NEXT generation of satellites, previously delayed following a launch anomaly during testing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2016, has been given a revised target date of January 8, 2017.
Iridium Communications has reported third-quarter 2015 total revenues of $106 million, made up of $81.2 million of service revenue and $24.8 million from equipment, engineering and support, a one per cent decline versus the comparable period in 2014.
Iridium reports that it has successfully conducted the first ever voice and data ground test call over its next-generation Iridium Certus broadband network, currently under development to be introduced on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation.
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