Powered by a uniquely sophisticated global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, the Iridium® network provides high-quality voice and data connections over the planet’s entire surface, including across oceans, airways and polar regions.
In space, each Iridium® satellite is linked to up to four others — two in the same orbital plane and one in each adjacent plane — creating a dynamic network that routes traffic among satellites to ensure global coverage, even when traditional local systems are unavailable.
Interconnected by advanced fiber-optic and broadband satellite links, the Iridium® ground infrastructure consists of the Satellite Network Operating Center (SNOC), Ground Stations and Technical Support Center, which together provide:
- Terrestrial connections for mobile satellite voice and data
- Network command, control and monitoring
- Technical support
Reaching across land, sea, and air, including the polar regions, Iridium® solutions are ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities. Iridium also provides service to subscribers from the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as other civil and government agencies around the world. Iridium sells its products, solutions and services through a network of service providers and value-added dealers.
Connecting People, Businesses and Organizations
Iridium voice services are provided via various handsets and installed communications systems on ships, aircraft and land-based vehicles. Iridium’s short burst data (SBD) transceiver, incorporated into an increasing number of applications, provides data connections to every corner of the earth, transferring location information, weather reports, email, or any other data requiring a reliable, global, two-way connection.
Iridium proactively addresses new and emerging markets, with its most rapidly expanding business segment as the machine-to-machine (M2M) market and the two-way, satellite-based location, tracking and messaging market. Iridium OpenPort® provides complete voice and data coverage for ships at sea over the world’s largest and only truly global commercial satellite constellation.
Iridium NEXT: Expanding the Possibilities
Iridium is constantly finding new ways to expand possibilities, including our next-generation constellation, Iridium NEXT. Anticipated to complete deployment in 2017, Iridium NEXT will enable a superior platform to support Iridium’s partners and bring enhanced and innovative new services and capabilities to our customers, such as Iridium Certus℠. Expected to be available in 2017, Iridium Certus will enable enterprise-grade satellite broadband communications across a variety of industries, revolutionizing the way businesses operate and communicate.