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  1. Ask G-Comm about Iridium Certus

    On January 11th, 2019 Iridium Communication successfully launched the last 10 of 75 satellites that make up new Iridium Next constellation. Iridium NEXT is now arguably the world's highest performance and most sophisticated L-band constellation, representing today's state of the art in terms of technology, reliability, resilience and coverage. Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The Iridium satellite constellation is unlike any other in orbit and is the only communications network with pole-to-pole coverage of the entire planet.  It is comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 crosslinked satellites totaling 66 active satellites in the operational constellation, with the remaining 9 serving as in orbit spares for additional reliability.

    The Iridium Next constellation ushers in a new era of satellite communication with the introduction of Iridium CertusSM, the world's fastest and only truly global specialty L-band broadband connectivity, enabling highly mobile internet access using smaller and more cost-effective terminals. In addition to the new service, by replacing its existing satellites with more capable ones, Iridium has improved its overall performance and connectivity for its customers, including the following:

    Higher Capacity: The Iridium NEXT satellites have higher capacity and therefore more channels are available for all services. In areas of high congestion, this significantly reduces the risk of issues such as call-drop or call-fade.

    Faster Call Connections: Iridium NEXT provides increased crosslink and feeder link capacity which supports significantly higher traffic loads and improves call connectivity speeds.

    Improved Voice Quality: Reports from end users have confirmed that the Iridium NEXT constellation results in more consistent processing and transport of voice packets. This minimizes issues associated with slurring and distortion and improves the voice call quality.

    Innovative Call Plans: Iridium is now offering low cost unlimited Iridium to Iridium calling for their satellite Phones and satellite Push to Talk radios making these device ideal as a primary communication link.

    The true advantage of the Iridium Next constellation is the ability to establish global satellite connectivity for voice, data, PTT and IOT, utilizing low cost, simple set up and use hardware, with no terrestrial infrastructure to build out and maintain.

    GComm, as Tier One Iridium service provider, is an integral part of the Iridium eco system.  GComm is now rolling out the new Iridium CertusSM services and hardware beginning in early January. If you would like more information about Certus or any of the other Iridium services, you can contact GComm at +1 713-281-679-6141 or www.g-comm.us.

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  2. A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies.

    The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 a.m. local time (10:31 a.m. EST, 1531 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window. If all goes well, satellite deployment will begin about an hour after launch. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on the droneship "Just Read the Instructions" about seven minutes after liftoff. That stage had previously flown on the Telstar 18 launch in September 2018. SpaceX did not attempt to recover the fairing, which it has yet to do successfully.

    "There it is, right in the middle of the bull's-eye," SpaceX's launch commentator, John Insprucker, principal integration engineer said during the broadcast after the first stage's safe landing. "The first stage is back again down on Earth." [Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 Booster Land on a Drone Ship]

    Iridium Next Constellation - Final Launch

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the final 10 Iridium Next communications satellites for a new constellation launches from Space Launch Complex 4E of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 11, 2019.

    Today's launch completed the Iridium Next constellation of communications satellites, replacing the company's previous generation of satellites and completing the launch partnership between SpaceX and Iridium. "That's not only 10 for 10 today, but 75 for 75," Insprucker said after the final satellite successfully deployed, about 70 minutes after launch. "It's been a clean sweep for Iridium and Falcon 9."

    The Iridium Next network will support the company's new broadband service and devices connected to the so-called Internet of Things, among other communications services.

    "Our final launch … is by far the most important milestone of all," Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, said during a news conference last week. "It means finally realizing the dream that the founders o

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  3. G-Comm appeared in Petroleum News recently:

    GComm announced Jan. 7 that in early January Iridium Satellite will launch the final 10 of 80 satellites that will complete the newest LBand satellite constellation in service. In conjunction with the final launch Iridium will be rolling out Iridium Certus℠, their new advanced multi-service platform designed to extend the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure. With one terminal you can now access a range of services from multiple high-quality voice lines to the highest throughput L-band data connection available. Data speeds upon roll out will be 700 Kbps, with speeds of 1.4 Mbps anticipated sometime in 2020. The Iridium low earth orbit constellation provides 100 percent seamless coverage of the entire planet, with no weather related, or “over the horizon” issues to impact transmission reliability.

    Services include, background IP data, streaming data, high quality voice, messaging, safety and location services, and g

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  4. THE GLOBAL RESILIENCE SUMMIT

    THE GLOBAL RESILIENCE SUMMIT

    DECEMBER 4-6, 2018
    NEW ORLEANS ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER

    stop by and visit the G-Comm exhibit

     

    ResCon: The Global Resilience Summit is the premier annual international conference on the practice of successful resilience and disaster management in an evolving global environment.

    This event features:

    • Resilience and Disaster Management
    • Collaboration
    • Global Leadership
    • Networking
    • Information Sharing
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  5. Falcon 9 - Image credit: SpaceX

    The last mission needed to complete Iridium Communications’ second-generation satellite constellation is scheduled for Dec. 30, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said today.

    In a tweet announcing the launch date, Desch said the launch is set for 8:38 a.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch will also use a previously flown first-stage booster, marking the third time Iridium switched from a new rocket.

    The December launch will enable Iridium to get the entire $3 billion Iridium Next constellation in orbit by year’s end, though the satellites will take until early 2019 to reach their orbital slots.

    Iridium currently has 65 Iridium Next satellites in low-Earth orbit, replacing a first generation constellation from Lockheed Martin that launched in the late 1990s. The final launch will add 10 satellites, completing the system of 66 operational satellites and nine orbiting spares.

    Iridium also has six spare satellites it is keeping on the ground.

    Iridium initially hoped to complete the Iridium Next constellation in 2017, but manufacturing and launch delays pushed that target into this year.

    Desch told SpaceNews Oct. 18 that this final mission was pushed back mainly “due to a delay in a specific part that Thales Alenia [Space] couldn’t get to finish the final 10 satellites.” Correcting that issue required Iridium to reposition itself in SpaceX’s and Vandenberg’s launch schedule behind a mid-November launch, he said.

    “We can’t start processing satellites there until that launch is cleared,” he said. “So several issues caused the delay, but they are all cleared now.”

    Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor for all 81 Iridium Next satellites. Partner Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is handling assem

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  6. Arctic Technology Conference logo

    November 5-7 2018

    Houston, Texas

     

    Arctic Technology Conference

    The Arctic Technology Conference, an OTC event, is a highly focused, international conference that addresses

    the cutting-edge technologies and innovative practices needed for exploration and production i

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  7. Iridium Next Launch Update

    Iridium Next Launch Update

    On Wednesday, July 25 at 4:39 a.m. PDT, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the seventh set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit (LEO) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Only one more launch of 10 satellites remains until the Iridium NEXT mission is completed, ushering in a new era of capabilities, like Iridium CertusSM broadband service and AireonSM real-time global aircraft surveillance. The 10 Iridium NEXT satellites are functioning nominally and have begun the testing and validation process. The launch brought the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites

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  8. From our shopping errands to the medium through which we watch television, everything we do today is satellite based. Iridium Satellite Phones has been around for over two decades, but many people don’t even know about this term, how do they work and what is the importance of these phones. Many people have doubt that they are for the very wealthy, the respected or reputed organizations, or international adventurers. But this is absolutely a wrong thought! Today, everybody needs a quick and efficient access to reliable communications for some or the other reason. This blog will break down the why, when and how to buy an Iridium Satellite Phone.

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  9. When there’s an emergency, nothing works like an Iridium phone for communication. Yes! Iridium phones, communication devices that work using the signals from satellites in orbit around the Earth and not the terrestrial towers, are best suited for managing communication during situations like the natural disaster where even the infrastructure is destroyed. There are a lot of reasons for choosing satellite phones for emergency, some of which are listed below:

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  10. Communicating using phones anywhere on Earth is possible with Iridium satellite phones which are one of the most versatile means communication devices. How’s it possible? Well, because Iridium satellite phones have global-spanning network of 66 satellites. If you compare it with cell phones, you will realise that they are larger than most of the cell phones, but the benefits are well worth the added size. Why is it better choice than satellite phones, you ask? We have mentioned the reasons that state the importance of satellite phones over cell phones in the article below:

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