Posted on: 26 February 2015 by Mark Howells
tIridium Communications has selected Cobham SATCOM as manufacturing partner for its ‘Iridium Certus’ broadband – a new generation of satellite services based on the forthcoming Iridium NEXT constellation – alongside Rockwell Collins, L-3 and International Communications Group (ICG).ttThe Iridium NEXT constellation will consist of 66 low-Earth orbit inter-connected satellites which, along with the current Iridium constellation, will cover 100% of the globe including the Polar Regions. Cobham SATCOM plans to use a new line of Iridium Certus terminals grow its L-band portfolio which supports cabin and cockpit communication systems for aircraft.ttIridium Communications claims Iridium NEXT’s mesh architecture will be less susceptible to the inclement weather and interference that impacts other systems. The company also predicts Iridium Certus will eventually offer speeds as high as 1.4 Mbps, more than ten times faster than the current Iridium OpenPort broadband service.tt“We are delighted to become an official Iridium Certus manufacturing partner and look forward to being part of the massive opportunities that these new services will introduce for satcom users and service providers,” said senior vice president of Cobham SATCOM, Paul Jona. “The inherent advantages of the Iridium NEXT constellation and our expertise in L-band product development allow us to offer innovative communications solutions, providing our diverse customer base in the aeronautical and maritime markets access to the full suite of compelling Iridium Certus services.”ttBryan Hartin, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Iridium, said, “We are excited to be working with Cobham SATCOM, a recognized leader developing game-changing products in aeronautical and maritime markets, and look forward to supporting the next-generation of safety services that result from this partnership. Our selection of Cobham SATCOM demonstrates our long-term strategy to offer superior communications platforms while staying true to our wholesale model – working with our partners as the best way to address growing, diverse markets.”ttThe Iridium Certus broadband service is expected to be available in Q4 2016. At first, it will be delivered via a hybrid constellation consisting of both current Iridium satellites and new Iridium NEXT satellites until the Iridium NEXT constellation is fully deployed in 2017, when its full capabilities will be available.