Iridium has completed the final launch in its NEXT programme, with all 75 planned satellites now deployed for its second generation L-band low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network following a successful launch of the final 10 satellites in the series on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from California.
Iridium has announced that it has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) and has been collaborating with AWS on the development of Iridium CloudConnect, a satellite Cloud-based system for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Iridium reports that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM), currently in the process of being acquired by Kongsberg, to support RRM’s autonomous vessel development programme by integrating L-band satellite services on Iridium’s forthcoming Certus network into the RRM range of Ship Intelligence systems.
Iridium has completed the seventh successful launch in its Iridium NEXT satellite programme, with only one further launch remaining to complete the full constellation.
Rock Seven reports that it has teamed up with Network Innovations (NI) to supply the field hardware for NI’s latest IoT applications for maritime users, as well as its systems for customers in the aviation, government and land mobile sectors.
Rock Seven, a provider of Iridium-based satellite tracking systems, has partnered with California-based Blue Sky Network to support maritime sector growth for the US company’s satellite tracking and communication products.
Seven additional service providers have signed agreements to provide the Iridium Certus service to the maritime sector, broadening the base of distribution for Iridium’s next-generation L-band service.
Ship management company Zodiac Maritime has extended its satellite communications agreement with Satcom Global, to roll out the Satcom Global Aura VSAT service across its globally trading fleet of tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.
Iridium has confirmed that SpaceX has successfully completed its latest launch of five Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing the total number of NEXT satellites in orbit to 55.
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has formally approved Inmarsat’s Fleet Safety service for use as part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), in line with a recommendation from the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) made at the end of February.
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