A Revolutionary Vision

Iridium is advancing the world’s access to space with a bold new vision called Iridium PRIME℠.

Leveraging Iridium’s $3 billion investment in Iridium NEXT, Iridium PRIME offers customers a unique opportunity to place payloads on up to 66 new satellites operating in concert with the company’s groundbreaking next-generation global constellation.

Designed to reduce the time, complexity and costs associated with building, launching and operating stand-alone satellites, Iridium PRIME will deliver continuous global, real-time access to their payload capabilities as soon as the first few satellites are launched — potentially as early as 2018.

Unprecedented global opportunities

A founding member of the Hosted payload Alliance, Iridium has developed Iridium PRIME to meet the ever-growing demand for affordable, resilient space-based capabilities.

The hosted payloads program can support a variety of potential missions, including:

  • Earth observation
  • Terrestrial and space-based weather monitoring
  • Scientific and climate monitoring applications
  • Advanced broadband services
  • Proprietary communications and asset tracking
  • Automatic Identification System tracking
  • Intersatellite control and data links
  • Terrestrial surveillance at various optical wavelengths
  • Government and commercial missions
  • Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications
  • Space situational awareness
  • Prototype demonstrations  

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Advancing the world’s access to space

Key features and benefits:
  • Capacity on up to 66 new Iridium PRIME satellites
  • Flexibility in the number or type of payloads deployed
  • Mission specific command and data handling options
  • Ubiquitous, continuous, global connectivity through Iridium’s proven space and ground network
  • Constellation expertise geared towards total mission success for the end users
Cost and schedule control:
  • Over 50% estimated cost savings compared to stand-alone missions
  • Operational cost reductions using Iridium space network and ground infrastructure
  • Greater control over payload development schedule
  • Launch capability available as early as 2018
Iridium NEXT: 
The bold future of communications

 
About the Hosted Payload Alliance
 

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