Truly Global Communications
Iridium Communications Inc. is the only satellite communications company that offers truly global voice and data communications coverage. A technology innovator and market leader, Iridium is advancing the way global enterprises conduct daily mission-critical activities through reliable, near real-time, communications services.
Iridium's 66 low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites – the world's largest commercial constellation – operate as a fully meshed network that is supported by multiple in-orbit spares.
Reaching over oceans, through airways and across 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 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.
Iridium NEXT: Expanding the Possibilities
Iridium is constantly finding new ways to expand possibilities, including our next-generation constellation, Iridium NEXT. Anticipated to begin launching in 2016, Iridium NEXT will bring enhanced and entirely new services and capabilities to our customers.
Connecting People, Businesses and Organizations
Iridium voice services are provided via various handsets and installed communications systems onboard ships, aircraft and land-based vehicles. Iridium's short burst data (SBD) transceiver, incorporated into an ever-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 complete global commercial satellite constellation.
A publicly traded company headquartered in McLean, Va., Iridium manages several operations centers, including Tempe, Arizona and Leesburg, Virginia, U.S.A. The U.S. Department of Defense, through its own dedicated gateway, relies on Iridium for global communications capabilities.