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.
Lars Thrane A/S, the eponymous enterprise created by Mr Thrane in 2014 after the 2012 sale of the Thrane & Thrane company he founded with his brother Per to Cobham, has launched its first satellite communication terminal with the introduction of the LT-3100 Iridium Communications System.
Thuraya reports that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with space start-up ELSE, a Swiss company developing a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of nanosatellites, to create a strategic alliance between the two organisations and grow Thuraya’s future capabilities in the M2M and IoT sectors.
Rock Seven has launched a new two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) satellite communications system with integrated antenna for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, using the Iridium network.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says that he is aiming to introduce 10 Mbps services on FleetBroadband in the early part of the next decade, once the company has completed the launch of its Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites.
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.
Marlink reports that it has signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with the satellite connectivity business of Greece and Cyprus based TNL Group, to launch a new business focused specifically on those two countries called Marlink CG.
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.
Castor Networks, a provider of satellite communications services to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, reports that it has acquired Watum Solutions, an IT and satcoms provider to the shipping and offshore industry, effective immediately.
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