OVERVIEW

A powerful vision comes to life

Iridium is forging ahead with its uncompromising vision for the future of global communications: Iridium NEXT.

Scheduled for 8 launches through 2017, Iridium’s groundbreaking second-generation satellite constellation is set to deliver exciting new innovations and opportunities, while providing continued high performance and reliability for all existing Iridium® solutions — far into the future.

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Enabling a future of possibilities

Iridium NEXT will dramatically enhance Iridium's ability to meet the growing demand for global mobile communications on land, at sea and in the skies. Iridium enables partners to create innovative products and solutions that haven’t even been conceived of yet, made possible through the flexibility of Iridium’s network. Iridium NEXT will:

  • Support more bandwidth and higher speeds for new products
  • Enable partner solutions on a scale not yet imagined
  • Provide service continuity and backwards compatibility
  • Support Aireon’s aircraft tracking service as well as other Hosted Payload missions
  • Be the World’s First Turnkey Platform for Innovative New Capabilities by supporting new Iridium PRIME℠ satellites

A uniquely sophisticated constellation

Like Iridium’s current satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT will deploy a cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) architecture, providing coverage over 100 percent of the earth’s surface, including across oceans, airways and polar regions.

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A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY

Driving an evolution in global communications

Broadband: Iridium will be uniquely positioned to offer a diverse portfolio of faster and more affordable global broadband services and devices.

M2M: Higher speeds and bandwidth will unlock new possibilities in asset tracking, fleet management and other intelligent data applications.

Land Mobile: Iridium® handheld device users will benefit from an even more powerful and reliable enhanced personal communications network.

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A powerful engine for growth

By giving partners access to core technologies and toolkits that unlock the power of Iridium NEXT and Iridium Certus℠ broadband, Iridium will enable its partner ecosystem to build more innovative solutions than any single company could achieve on its own, including in rapidly expanding areas like:

  • Maritime
  • Aviation
  • Transportation
  • Government and military
  • Travel
  • Heavy equipment
  • Oil and gas
  • Emergency response
  • Hosted payloads
  • And more!
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HOSTED PAYLOADS

The power to transform business

As a founding member of the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) and a recognized industry leader, Iridium continues to be a leader and visionary with the innovative Iridium NEXT and Iridium PRIME℠ payload programs.

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Truly revolutionary partnerships

Iridium secured one of the industry’s largest deals to date for the primary hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT with Aireon℠. The partnership with leading ANSPs and investors from around the world, including NAV CANADA, ENAV, Irish Aviation Authority, and Naviair, as well as Iridium, is set to revolutionize global air traffic surveillance.

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Iridium also secured an auxiliary payload agreement with Harris, which will use the remaining space to address various customer applications with the Harris AppSTAR™ reconfigurable payload platform.

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The first turnkey payloads solution

Designed to reduce the complexity and costs of access to space-based services, Iridium PRIME offers customers a unique opportunity to place payloads on dedicated additional satellites that can fly within the Iridium NEXT constellation.

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Countdown to Launch

Working in close collaboration with prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, and launch providers SpaceX and ISC Kosmotros, Iridium is on track to fully replace its current satellite constellation and continues to achieve key milestones in its comprehensive plan for funding, building and deploying Iridium NEXT by the end of 2017.

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A truly global collaborative effort

All around the world, the brightest aerospace and telecommunications engineers are working alongside the best technicians and project managers to make the bold vision that is Iridium NEXT a reality.