Iridium makes history again, this second time after 21 years from their original 1998 LEO satellite launch.
On January 11, 2019 Iridium completed its historic satellite constellation launch. A SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket delivered the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to low earth orbit. This brings the total Iridium LEO satellites to 75, all launched within the last two years, with 66 operational satellites and 9 spares. The Space X launch and space vehicles deployment were flawless and now Iridium is taking control of the satellite to prepare them to enter service within the next 3 to 4 weeks.
These 75 satellites were part of an ambitious plan to update the aging Iridium satellite system, which was only supposed to last 8 years, but operated for almost 20 years. These 10 new satellites will be in service within the next few months. This new Iridium service called Certus 350, will be utilizing 66 of these satellites for service, with speeds up to 352 Kbps. Certus provides truly mobile internet access for users across the globe.
It is our prediction that this new satellite network will set the stage for a new era of global pole-to-pole communications. With an emphasis on large Fleet Transportation Markets for Trucking, Trains, Commercial Shipping industries, and Marine Communications, with more expensive, faster and powerful terminals. Capabilities will include IOT applications, Voice Telephony and Cloud based Internet connectivity.
This is exciting times for Iridium and satellite technology users. If you are interested in satellite communications that can give you access to the data wherever you are on the globe (barring any overhead obstructions), contact Remote Satellite Systems! We would love to discuss the implications of this new satellite constellation and how the Iridium Certus satellite network will suit your needs.