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.
Marisatcom Satellite Communications and its partner SeaNet report that they have recently completed the delivery of five ASE Iridium Comcenter Citadel systems to South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, the first tranche of a contract for 14 emergency comms packages expected to be delivered by end of July 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.
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.
Iridium has announced a strategic partnership with Furuno which will see the Japanese maritime technology manufacturer begin marketing Iridium satellite services and products, initially in Japan.
Danish company Polaris Electronics has introduced a new tracking device, called SIRIUS One, operating via the Iridium network.
Iridium has announced another step forward in the development of its next-generation Iridium Certus broadband service with the delivery of the first Broadband Core Transceiver (BCX) prototypes for interoperability testing on the Iridium NEXT satellite network infrastructure.
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