Second Iridium NEXT Launch
The space industry’s largest technology refresh continues with the second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, scheduled for a June 25 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This launch will bring the total Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit to 20.
Iridium NEXT will meet the rapidly expanding needs of global mobile communications on land, at sea and in the skies. Once fully deployed, Iridium NEXT will enable greater bandwidth and speeds that will dramatically increase the ability to meet the expanding needs of the industry.
On behalf of Aireon LLC, Harris has built 81 hosted payloads for the Iridium NEXT constellation that will enable 100%, real-time global air traffic surveillance to all ADS-B equipped aircraft.
The hosted payload missions on board the Iridium NEXT satellites will be powered by Harris AppSTAR™, a reconfigurable, multimission platform designed to respond to changing missions, even after deployment. By the end of 2018, there will be over 160 Harris AppSTAR™ reconfigurable space processors in orbit.
Harris will operate exactEarth’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads and leverage our strong heritage in geospatial data analytics to produce information products for expanded maritime applications.
Harris Corporation’s first maritime tracking hosted payloads are now operational, tracking 250,000 ships and providing data to government and commercial customers. Once the satellite constellation is fully operational next year, it will offer a continuous revisit rate and improved vessel detection and downlinking of AIS information, with an average latency of less than one minute—the fastest, most accurate vessel information available.