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 has released details on the take-up of its Pilot maritime communications system, revealing that it shipped more than 2,200 units over the 12 months ending June 30, 2016, concluding with one of the best quarters in company history.
Iridium’s progress through the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) recognition process is continuing, with the March meeting of the IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue (NCSR) returning to its assessment of Iridium as a future GMDSS service provider.
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