2014

First Satellite Engineering Model Complete for Iridium NEXT - Aug 2014

The first satellite engineering model for Iridium NEXT arrives at Iridium’s Technical Support Center (TSC), fully functional and capable of supporting all of the verification and performance of a flight-ready satellite. Once integrated into the existing constellation testbed, Iridium will use the satellite to demonstrate Iridium NEXT performance, as well as to verify compatibility with Iridium’s current constellation.

Iridium GO!(TM), World's First Truly Global Mobile Satellite Hotspot, Now Available – Jul 2014

Iridium GO!, the world’s first truly global mobile satellite hotspot, becomes available. Iridium GO! connects to smartphones and tablets by creating a satellite-based Wi-Fi zone, dramatically extending voice and data coverage of these devices when they are out of range of terrestrial networks. A first-of-its-kind product, it is also the lowest cost device and service offering Iridium has ever made, making global connectivity more affordable than ever.

First Successful Call Completed Over Iridium Next Hardware – Jul 2014

Iridium and Thales Alenia Space announce the completion of the first successful end-to-end test call using Iridium NEXT hardware. The call, which provides initial validation of the L-band hardware and processing software to be used in the Iridium NEXT constellation, was placed by an Iridium satellite phone and routed through Iridium NEXT satellite hardware components, simulating the connection to a satellite, then through Iridium’s upgraded ground network, then the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and, finally, to a cell phone.

Iridium's Application to Provide Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Services Receives Support From International Maritime Organization Sub-Committee – Jul 2014

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) reviews Iridium’s application to provide mobile satellite communications in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The application receives support and proceeds to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for review at its next meeting.

Iridium Expands Broadband Service to Remote Areas With Iridium Pilot(R) Land Station – Feb 2014

Iridium expands the reach of its cost-effective Iridium OpenPort service to offer broadband communications to terrestrial users, launching Iridium Pilot Land Station. The device enables many remote individuals and businesses to obtain reliable Internet connections and voice calling no matter where they are located.

Iridium Introduces the First Global Data Broadcast Service, Iridium Burst(SM) – Feb 2014

Iridium Burst enables enterprises to send data to an unlimited number of devices anywhere on Earth, whether inside buildings, in-vehicle or in aircraft. Iridium Burst offers a cost-efficient, customizable and low-latency broadcast data service with high signal penetration capabilities superior to traditional paging and broadcast services, all with global reach.

2013

Iridium's Space-Based Air Traffic Surveillance Venture, Aireon, Signs New Investors – Dec 2013

Aireon, a joint venture of Iridium and NAV CANADA, enters into binding agreements with three new investors and major Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs): ENAV (Italy), the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), and Naviair (Denmark) for $120 million in new equity. The investments will be in the form of preferred interests in tranches between 2014 and 2017, subject to the satisfaction of various conditions.

U.S. Department of Defense Awards Iridium $400 Million, Five-Year Contract for Iridium® Airtime Services – Oct 2013

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) agrees to a $400 million deal with Iridium, signing the company up to provide satellite airtime services to meet the communications needs of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and its federal partners. This five-year contract renews the provision for delivering Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) airtime.

Iridium Revolutionizes Delivery of Space-based Services with First Turnkey Hosted Payload Program, Iridium PRIME℠ - Sep 2013

Iridium announces the first turnkey hosted payload solution, Iridium PRIME, to host third-party payloads on stand-alone satellites leveraging the global connectivity afforded by the Iridium NEXT satellite network. Customers can use a whole satellite’s payload capacity, or just share that capacity with other applications and customers that Iridium brings together.

Iridium Extends Strategic Relationship With Harris Corporation With a Complementary Hosted Payload Deal for Iridium NEXT – Apr 2013

Iridium signs an agreement with Harris Corporation to enable the use of expanded hosted payload space on the Iridium NEXT platform, Iridium’s second-generation satellite constellation that is scheduled for launch beginning in 2015. The agreement provides for “hosting fees” for Iridium NEXT resources that will be utilized when launched into orbit on Iridium’s new satellites. The amount of hosting fees could be up to $45 million depending on Harris securing contracts with customers and on the final configuration and resources utilized.

2012

Iridium Awarded Contract From Defense Information Systems Agency Worth Up to $47 Million – Oct 2012

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded Iridium a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to upgrade the Defense Department’s dedicated Iridium gateway. Under the terms of the contract, Iridium will provide hardware, software and integration services to successfully upgrade the gateway and to ensure the gateway’s compatibility with Iridium NEXT, the company’s next generation satellite constellation.

Iridium to Revolutionize Global Air Traffic Surveillance With the Launch of Aireon℠– Jun 2012

Aireon LLC, a planned joint venture between Iridium and NAV CANADA, will provide air traffic management agencies around the globe the ability to continuously track aircraft anywhere in the world, reaching areas currently lacking coverage from traditional radar systems. Aireon will enable fully global and continuous space-based monitoring and control of aircraft, even over oceans and remote regions. Aireon will make use of automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) receivers already becoming mandated on aircraft the world over. Aireon is anticipated to increase fuel efficiency and flight safety.

Iridium Authorized to Distribute Products and Services in Russia – May 2012

OOO Iridium Communications, “Iridium Russia,” receives authorization from Russian authorities for commercial operations in the country, with plans to launch service in Q2 2012. The company actively engaged new and existing distribution relationships in the country to support customer demand.

Photo Release -- Iridium Pilot™ Raises the Bar for Affordable Broadband Maritime Communications – Feb 2012

Iridium announces its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot, which will utilize the Iridium OpenPort service, the world’s first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband. Iridium Pilot is engineered for enhanced durability to withstand the harshest maritime conditions, all the while packaged in a small, lightweight antenna, providing broadband connectivity and three independent phone lines, all of which work simultaneously, with data speeds up to 134 kbps.

Iridium and KVH Team to Provide First Seamless Global Broadband Maritime Satellite Communications Service – Jan 2012

Iridium and KVH announce an agreement to offer the first-ever fully global, seamless broadband satellite communication service for the maritime market. Under the agreement, KVH offers an integrated service package that combines its mini-VSAT Broadband service and the Iridium OpenPort broadband service, helping mariners connect in ways never before thought possible.

2011

Iridium and GEOS Partner to Offer Emergency Response Service on the Iridium Extreme™ – Dec 2011

Iridium announces the GEOS emergency response service, now available to Iridium Extreme customers. At no additional cost, the GEOS service has become integrated into the device’s SOS button, enhancing the phone’s location-awareness services. This first-ever, integrated satellite phone emergency service sets the standard for providing ultimate peace of mind to lone workers and adventurers alike.

Iridium AxcessPoint, AxcessPoint Connect and AxcessPoint Mail & Web Now Commercially Available – Oct 2011

A complete suite of Iridium AxcessPoint products and services becomes commercially available. The suite includes the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory, the free Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web optimization software, and the Iridium AxcessPoint Connect downloadable application.

Iridium Surpasses 500,000 Subscribers Worldwide – Sep 2011

Iridium reaches 500,000 total billable subscribers for its satellite voice and data services worldwide. The number comprises approximately 90 percent commercial customers and 10 percent U.S. Government customers. One of the primary reasons behind Iridium’s dramatic rate of subscriber growth, according to CEO Matt Desch, is the emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) data market.