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 reports that it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for its second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites.
Iridium has contracted to add an eighth SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to its Iridium NEXT programme, as part of a ‘rideshare’ agreement the will see the launch shared with the twin-satellites of the NASA/GFZ Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission.
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 launch of the first satellites in the Iridium NEXT constellation has been delayed once more, following an announcement from launch services provider SpaceX.
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.
The launch date for Iridium’s first group of satellites in its NEXT constellation has been pushed back a month from its announced December 16 slot, and is now scheduled to take place in January, the company reports.
Iridium has announced the date for the first launch of its next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, with the latest satellites to be sent into orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2016.
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.
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