Iridium has reported that it has successfully completed the first phase of testing of its NEXT platform software.
Iridium’s financial results for the third quarter of 2014 have been announced, with the company raising its financial outlook for the year and reporting a jump in revenue from the maritime sector.
Iridium Communications today announced the completion of the first five flight Main Mission Antennas (MMAs) for the Iridium NEXT constellation,designed by Thales Alenia Space, which will manage the reception and transmission of data to and from various Iridium customer devices on its next generation network.
Iridium today announced that it is moving forward with the launch preparations for its NEXT constellation after the launch equipment completed a series of successful tests.
Production on 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT programme has begun, at the Orbital Sciences Corporation satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona, in the United States.
Iridium Communications reports that it has successfully completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the complete Iridium NEXT satellite network system, which it says has demonstrated its design is valid and on schedule for a first launch in early 2015.
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