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.
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has confirmed its intention to approve the Iridium satellite network as a recognised provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services, joining the single current recognised service provider, Inmarsat.
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.
Radio Holland Group has agreed a global distribution agreement with the Lars Thrane company for distribution of its LT-3100 Iridium-based voice, data and tracking system.
Global Eagle Entertainment it has signed a three-year agreement with subsea specialist Swire Seabed, which will see Global Eagle provide connectivity systems to the offshore vessel Seabed Constructor.
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.
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