Iridium NEXT Launch
The countdown is under way for Iridium NEXT, launching on January 14, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This will be the largest technology refresh occurring in the space industry. Iridium’s next-generation satellite network will replace the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation in space.
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.
Harris, a mission partner of Aireon, has constructed 81 hosted payloads for the Iridium NEXT constellation that will enable 100%, real-time, global air traffic surveillance to all 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.