Iridium announces Thales as fifth partner for Iridium Certus in-flight broadband

Iridium Communications (Iridium) has confirmed Thales will join the roster of companies that will design, manufacture and distribute products for the Iridium Certus broadband service. The service will use the enhanced capabilities of the Iridium NEXT constellation; 66 low-earth orbit satellites Iridium claims will deliver versatile and reliable global communications.
Thales joins four existing manufacturing partners: Cobham SATCOM, Rockwell Collins, L-3, and ICG (International Communications Group). Iridium will provide Iridium Certus partners with the core satellite communications technology as well as assisting with development efforts, technical support and testing services.
"We are excited to welcome Thales as a partner developing solutions for the Iridium Certus broadband platform," said Iridium CEO Matt Desch. "Leading manufacturers such as Thales will drive innovation and inspire a greater diversity of solutions to the industry. The products based on Iridium Certus broadband will provide critical and reliable communications for people and companies globally."
"Iridium Certus broadband is a huge leap forward for the industry. It will deliver unmatched mobile satellite services globally for commercial and government users," said Alan Pellegrini, president and CEO of Thales USA. "We're extremely pleased to expand our relationship with Iridium and to have the opportunity to develop and bring to market new and innovative solutions for land, maritime and aeronautic applications allowing Thales to leverage its presence in every market segment."
Iridium plans to announce Iridium Certus broadband service providers by the end of 2015 who will be approved to sell the service to the aeronautical, maritime and terrestrial markets.

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