The Bold Future of Satellite Communications

Iridium NEXT Taking Flight

Iridium NEXT

Overview

Iridium is delivering on its uncompromising vision for the future of global communications: Iridium NEXT. Iridium's groundbreaking second-generation satellite constellation will enable innovations today and those yet to be imagined, while providing continued high performance and reliability for all existing Iridium® solutions – far into the future. Iridium NEXT is driving innovation, creating opportunities and changing the way people and organizations communicate – everywhere on the planet.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

FROM NOW TO IRIDIUM NEXT

Launching a New Era in Space

Working in close collaboration with prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, and launch provider SpaceX, 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 launching Iridium NEXT by the end of 2018.

A new era of innovation

Delivering global, reliable and enterprise-grade services while redefining the capabilities of satellite communications, Iridium Certus SM is the new service platform to be powered by the $3 billion Iridium NEXT satellite system. Iridium Certus will offer more than just connectivity – it is a portfolio of ever-expanding service offerings that will allow your business to operate more efficiently by providing more value and coverage than any other satellite operator.

With a range of speeds eventually up to 1.4 megabits per second after Iridium NEXT deployment is completed, Iridium Certus is being built to support an innovative portfolio of partner products and satisfy a wide-ranging set of maritime, aviation and land mobile communication

  1. Aireon equipment on board the satellite
  2. Solar panel wing
  3. Inter-satellite antennas, Ka-band
  4. Base Load Aerial - L-Range
  5. Feeder antenna, Ka-band

Characteristics of the Iridium NEXT satellite:

  • Wingspan: 9.4 m
  • Weight: 860 kg
  • Dimensions folded: 3.1 m x 2.4 m x 1.5 m
Launch Plan