2019 – Iridium wins SpaceNews Readers’ Choice “Space Stewardship Award”

Iridium is the proud 2019 Reader’s Choice winner of the SpaceNews Space Stewardship Award for the deorbiting of the first-generation Iridium constellation. The SpaceNews Readers’ Choice Awards were selected by more than 40,000 votes in October on the SpaceNews website. SpaceNews established the SpaceNews Awards three years ago to honor the well-known champions and the unsung heroes shaping the global space industry. They endeavored to celebrate headline-grabbing breakthroughs as well as outside-the-limelight innovations.

2019 - Iridium CEO Matt Desch Named Satellite Executive of the Year 2019

Via Satellite announced Iridium CEO Matt Desch as Satellite Executive of the Year 2019.

2019 - Iridium CertusR Wins Top Connected Platform Solution Award at SATELLITE 2019

Iridium CertusR has won the award for "Top Connected Platform" during the annual Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) Mobility Satellite Innovation Awards at SATELLITE 2019. Iridium CertusR is a unique platform that enables both the development and adoption of specialty broadband applications while serving as the world's only truly global commercial broadband service. The "Top Connected Platform" award comes less than four months after the service made its acclaimed commercial debut on January 16, 2019.

2019 - Aviation Week Laureate Award in Space for Best Platform

For more than 60 years, the editors of Aviation Week have awarded annual Laureates to great achievers in the aerospace and aviation industries. Iridium was recognized as a 2019 Laureate recipient in the space category for the best platform. Iridium received this award as the Iridium NEXT mission nears completion, which will end a two-year launch campaign to upgrade the Iridium constellation and enable Iridium CertusR and Aireon real-time aircraft tracking. Click here to learn more.


2018 - Company of the Year – SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation

Iridium was heralded as the 2018 SpaceNews Company of the Year. SpaceNews highlighted Iridium’s progress in upgrading its satellite constellation and responsible deorbiting of Block 1 satellites, as well as the company’s strong financial performance and advancements in the industry, including IMO recognition for GMDSS and Aireon real-time aircraft tracking. Click here to learn more.


2016 - GTB Power100

Iridium CEO Matt Desch named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the worldwide telecoms industry. The list was compiled from nominations by worldwide the leaders of Global Telecoms Business — including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world’s major telecoms operators, vendors and organizations. Desch has made the list several times since his first in 2009.


2016 - Iridium® Push-to-Talk Wins Top Emergency Response Innovation Award at SATELLITE

Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) was recognized as the "Top Emergency Response Innovation" during the first annual Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) 2016 Mobility Satellite Innovation Awards at SATELLITE 2016. The "Top Emergency Response Innovation" award recognizes Iridium PTT for enabling rapid and reliable communication for emergency organizations globally — all with the push of a button. In regions where traditional telecommunications networks are limited or damaged, first responders rely on Iridium PTT to communicate and coordinate relief efforts. Find out more.


ITU Award

Iridium was the proud recipient of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Humanitarian Award for its work with the ITU-Development Sector on Emergency Communications. Iridium received the award not only for the equipment contributions we have made to the ITU, but also for the significant effort we have put into working with governments to establish best practices for preparing for disasters and the communications needs that follow, including prepositioning and training on equipment. Read more.


2016 - ConnectWorld 100 Award

Iridium was recognized as a leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) services on the 2016 ConnectWorld 100 list. Issued by Connected World Magazine, the annual list is a compilation of the top 100 technology providers in M2M and connected devices. Read more.

2012 - Iridium Extreme Winner of Pittman Innovation Award

Iridium Extreme has won the Sail magazine Pittman Innovation Award. This award recognizes the most innovative and interesting new products on the market for the sailing community. Learn more about this award.

2012 - Iridium CEO Matt Desch Named Satellite Executive of the Year 2011

Via Satellite announced Iridium CEO Matt Desch as Satellite Executive of the Year 2011. Satellite executives have been recognized with this award for more than 20 years and Mr. Desch has now joined this elite roster of individuals who have made a lasting impact on the global satellite market. Mr. Desch will be featured on the cover of Via Satellite magazine’s March 2012 issue. Read more.

2011 - Iridium Extreme Video Wins Two Davey Awards

Two Silver 2011 Davey Awards go to the Iridium Extreme video. The video has been recognized under the categories of ‘Graphics’ and ‘Other’ for Online Film and Video.  Get more information.
View the Iridium Extreme video.


2011 - MSUA Innovation Award for Iridium 9602

Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) honours mobile satellite innovators and pioneers with the Pioneer and Innovations Awards. Iridium has been honored with the Innovation Award for its Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) product, Iridium 9602.


2010 - North American Telecom Deal of the Year

Project Finance magazine awarded Iridium Communications Inc. the North American Telecom Deal of the Year 2010. The award was based on the $1.8 billion deal with Coface -the French export credit agency - to finance Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Project Finance credited Iridium with bringing the "largest and most complex of a series of export financings for satellite projects to market."


2010 - IABC Excel and Telly Awards

In 2010, Iridium Communications Inc. received two honors for outstanding achievement in marketing and communications. We have been recognized for our strength in brand communication, with an IABC Excel Award (from the International Association of Business Communicators), and also earned a Telly Award, in honor of the Iridium Corporate video.

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