Iridium and Thales Expand Partnership to Deliver Aircraft Connectivity Services

Iridium announced Thales as the newest Iridium Certus aviation service provider. While already developing the Iridium Certus-based FlytLINK terminal and antenna, Thales will now be able to offer both Iridium Certus terminals and connectivity services to business jets, commercial aircraft, rotorcraft, general aviation, and UAVs.

Iridium Introduces Midband Service with Iridium CertusTM 9770 Transceiver

Small and highly mobile, like previous Iridium® devices, the state-of-the-art Iridium Certus 9770 transceiver enables faster satellite IoT, data, and high quality voice applications. Iridium also announced the first 10 approved beta partners developing new small-form factor satellite-enabled devices for maritime, aviation, land-mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and government applications based on the Iridum Certus 9770.

New Era for Safety at Sea as First-ever Iridium® GMDSS Terminal is Unveiled

Iridium and partner Lars Thrane unveil the first Iridium Connected® terminal to provide Global Maritime Distress and Safety System services. The LT-3100S terminal will provide mariners with lifesaving GMDSS capabilities for 100% of the planet’s waterways. Iridium GMDSS services are expected to launch in January 2020.

IMOCA Appoints Iridium its Official Communications Partner

The International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) has appointed Iridium as their Official Communications Partner for the 2019-2021 race season, as well as partner Thales as the sole provider of Iridium Certus® L-Band broadband equipment. Race teams will rely on Iridium Certus for satellite communications during several races, including the prestigious Vendée Globe race.

About Us

Powered by a uniquely sophisticated global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, the Iridium® network provides high-quality voice and data connections over the planet’s entire surface, including across airways, oceans, and polar regions. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications.
Iridium completed a constellation upgrade in early 2019, replacing all its satellites and upgrading the supporting ground infrastructure. This enabled the launch of Iridium Certus®, a new multi-service platform delivering specialty broadband services, with additional midband services coming soon.
At only 780 kilometers from the Earth, the proximity of Iridium’s LEO network means pole-to-pole coverage, a shorter transmission path, stronger signals, lower latency, and shorter registration time than with GEO satellites. In space, each Iridium satellite is linked to up to four others creating a dynamic network that routes traffic among satellites to ensure global coverage, even where traditional local systems are unavailable.

Truly Global Communications

In a world where global communications are increasingly essential, only one company connects everyone to the things that matter most, from pole to pole. Iridium is a satellite communications company that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world.

Your World. Our Network.SM

Through an expansive partner network driven by the collaboration of more than 400 leading technology companies and powered by Iridium core technologies, we are advancing the way enterprises, governments, and individuals communicate every day. The Iridium partner ecosystem leverages our partners’ specialized knowledge to deliver innovative solutions to users across a diverse set of industries around the globe.

Corporate Citizenship

Through our support of education, sustainability initiatives, disaster preparedness and relief, and our philanthropic efforts, we try to do our part to make the world a better place. We strive to set examples for those we work with, for, and around with high standards of corporate citizenship. Please follow the links below for more information.

Join Us in Saying #flarewell

Iridium is committed to both ensuring the sustainability of LEO networks in the future and serving as the leading example of what it means to be a responsible steward of space. As we replaced the original Iridium constellation, we have been retiring and deorbiting our first-generation satellites – which are taking their Iridium Flares with them. Help us pay tribute to these special streaks as we say #flarewell to the few remaining first-generation satellites in the sky and welcome the future of our new network!

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Iridium is proud to support a strong partner ecosystem driven by value-added collaboration, powered by Iridium core technologies and focused on delivering global communications solutions that connect people and information in exciting new way.