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2011-05-17 16:27:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has received a contract with a value in the range of $40 million to provide Ka-band transmit-receive (T/R) modules to Thales Alenia Space for the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. Thales Alenia is building the next set of 66 Iridium low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. Thales Alenia plans to integrate the T/R modules to build cross links between satellites and feeder links to earth terminals to facilitate...

2011-04-18 08:00:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales Alenia Space has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to develop, test and support integration of payload application software for the Iridium NEXT satellites. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor for Iridium NEXT, the next-generation satellite constellation being designed, built and launched for Iridium Communications Inc., (Nasdaq: IRDM), of McLean, Va. Iridium NEXT is expected to begin launching in 2015, and...

2011-01-27 08:04:00

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, January 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tesacom announces that Iridium Communications Inc. ("Iridium") has certified its new VKI maritime satellite communication system for operation on the Iridium network. The new Tesacom VKI product provides integrated voice, data, email and vessel tracking solutions for the maritime sector, including commercial, military, fishing and recreational vessels. The satellite terminal is very easy to install and provides high-quality...

2011-01-20 08:58:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Xact Technology, LLC, a DMC Capital Funding, LLC portfolio company, today announced that it has partnered with Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) as an Iridium Value-Added Reseller (VAR) and will develop a dual-mode cellular/satellite GPS tracking and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication device that will work anywhere in the world. The dual-mode device will use least-cost routing software to route time-critical data through local cellular...

2010-08-10 22:26:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SEAKR Engineering, Inc., a privately held company, today announced that Thales Alenia Space (TAS), the Iridium NEXT prime contractor, has awarded the communication processor for the Iridium NEXT constellation to SEAKR Engineering. The Iridium NEXT constellation will ultimately replace the existing Iridium constellation providing enhanced mobile satellite communication services worldwide, with the first Iridium NEXT satellite launches scheduled for...

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2010-06-17 06:10:00

Iridium Communications Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced a $492 million deal on Wednesday in which SpaceX's Falcon 9 will be a major provider of launch services for Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation. The deal is the largest single commercial launch contract ever signed, but the companies said the agreement represents "a new benchmark in cost-effective satellite delivery to space." Iridium, which operates the world's largest commercial satellite...

2010-06-08 07:00:00

BERLIN, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Teal Group Corp. announced today at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2010 that it is forecasting a total of 416 satellites will be launched to low earth orbit (LEO) aboard 184 launch vehicles during 2010-2014. The study, based on the company's Worldwide Mission Model Online that tracks space payloads proposed worldwide, assumes a 38 percent growth in LEO satellites in the next five years, compared with the past five years and a 17 percent increase in the number of...

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2010-06-02 10:50:00

Iridium, a mobile satellite services provider, has ordered 81 spacecraft to help grow its global network. Thales Alenia Space of France (TAS) will build the satellites.  The operational constellation will require 66 satellites, and the remaining 15 will be used as spares. The order makes the Iridium Next venture the largest commercial space project ever. The French export credit guarantee organization Coface will finance most of the $2.9 billion project. "We are very pleased with the...

2010-06-02 00:33:00

MCLEAN, Va., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) today announced its comprehensive plan for funding, building and deploying its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Specifically, the Company announced the execution of a fixed price contract with Thales Alenia Space, a joint company between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), for the design and construction of satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation. In addition, the...

2010-05-24 06:00:00

MCLEAN, Va., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), the world's only provider of truly global mobile satellite communications, announces the launch of its fourth annual "Test Your Satellite Phone" (TYSP) Week initiative, reminding users to make sure their satellite phones are ready to deploy at a moment's notice when natural or manmade disasters strike. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Iridium Satellite -- The Iridium satellite constellation is also a system of 66 active communication satellites and spares around the earth. Named for the element Iridium, it was originally to have 77 active satellites, but was later redesigned to have its current number, though the name was retained. Iridium allowed worldwide voice and data communications using handheld devices. The Iridium service once failed financially and the earth stations were shut down. Its financial...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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