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Iridium signs partners for new satellites

  • Friday, 31 August 2007 | News

Iridium Satellite reports that it has contracted with seven partner organisations in what marks the beginning of the design and development stage of its 'Iridium NEXT' satellite constellation.

The companies in question " Avaliant, Boeing, General Dynamics, KinetX, MicroSat Systems and Trident Sensors " will work with Iridium on systems engineering, requirements definition and architecture development.

Iridium announced the plans for its NEXT satellite constellation earlier this year with the view of offering enhanced services over its network in the coming years.

The company hopes to deploy the new satellites on a schedule supporting a smooth transition from the current constellation of 66 low earth orbiting satellites that carry existing Iridium communications.

These plans form part of what the company describes as an overall infrastructure enhancement programme, which has also included the addition of new satellite ground stations in Fairbanks, Alaska and Svalbard, Norway.

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