The Iridium constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world.
The Iridium service is ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities. Iridium provides service to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. Iridium Satellite LLC is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the Earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Iridium offers an ideal communication solution for near-real-time data acquisition from remote assets and instrumentation, fixed or mobile, anywhere on the planet. Fastwave is Australia's only authorised Iridium Value Added Manufacturer and Service Provider.
Iridium NEXT....a new Iridium constellation from 2016
Iridium NEXT — Iridium’s second-generation global satellite constellation — is a fast approaching, game-changing reality. It will drive innovation, create opportunities, and change the way people and organizations communicate — everywhere on the planet:
Scheduled to begin launching in 2015, Iridium NEXT will maintain the existing Iridium® constellation architecture of 66 cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites covering 100 percent of the globe. It will dramatically enhance Iridium's ability to meet the rapidly-expanding demand for truly global mobile communications on land, at sea and in the skies.
Iridium NEXT - A Powerful Vision Comes to Life
Iridium Certus Broadband....a new mobile satellite broadband service from 2017
Iridium Certus will provide mobile broadband service anywhere in the world, using the Iridium NEXT constellation. It will support data speeds as high as 1.4Mbps, more than 10x faster than the current Iridium OpenPort service, and over 140x faster than most Iridium data services used for remote data acquisition from mobile devices. Certus will offer a paradigm change in data acquisition capability from remote sensor platforms whether they are at sea, in the air or on land.
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