Iridium NEXT: the most sophisticated communications system ever

Iridium NEXT: the most sophisticated communications system ever


66 low earth orbiting satellites going around the earth 14 times a day, all interconnected to each other through inter-satellite links, in an incredibly unique architecture that delivers an umbrella of communications to all parts of the planet. Nothing else does that. It required technical precision. It required creativity. From a human standpoint, we needed the best and brightest to be able to come together and work on a project that was beyond anyone’s technical experience to accomplish before. We selected Thales Alenia for their experience, for their knowledge about complicated constellations. It’s really been an overall partnership to create something so complicated, important and unique as the Iridium NEXT system. The main challenge was, for me, first was we had to move very fast, building satellites may take up to two years while on Iridium NEXT we were able to build a satellite in less than 50 days. We’ve never performed a huge replacement like this in the world. In fact, in the Iridium program, all the steps are important. It’s our responsibility to deliver, in orbit, this craft, which has to work! This is one, single team that is working together with one goal. Who does this? And I look around and… We do it! Supporting first responders… Supporting people in need during earthquakes, hurricanes… Supporting humanitarian activities… Iridium NEXT takes that to the next level. We are proud to contribute to improving life on earth It does ring a bell with the motto of Thales Alenia Space which is “Space for Life”

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    Patrick C

    You help the governments of the world but not the citizens. That is about to change. Disruptive technology will fall under, We, the citizens power through the decentralization of technology. Engineers have failed humanity, but humanity's new engineers are emerging from their basements and garages.

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    Michael W. Perry

    I am already impressed at the cost-effectiveness of Iridium texting using Garmin's InReach devices. Hopefully, Iridium's partnership with Icom will get the costs down for satellite PTT phones.
    http://qrznow.com/icom-inc-announces-partnership-with-iridium-communications-inc/

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