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:
Cost and schedule control:
- 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
- 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