1.4 Mbps (Planned)
10 - 14 lbs
Since 2002 Iridium’s unique constellation of low orbit satellites is delivering high-quality voice and data services. The complete constellation upgrade in early 2019 enabled the launch of Iridium Certus an award-winning advanced multi-service platform with speed capabilities ranging from 22 to 1408 Kbps.
Offering the highest L-Band data throughput, Iridium Certus provides the flexibility to scale device speed, size, and power requirements, both up and down, based on the needs of end-users.
The Iridium constellation is based on 66 satellites orbiting in 11 planes. the service high availability is achieved by the addition of 9 on-orbit spare satellites and 6 additional ready to launch in the ground.
At only 780 kilometers from the Earth, Iridium’s LEO network means pole-to-pole coverage, shorter transmission paths, stronger signals, lower latency, and shorter registration time than with GEO satellites.
Iridium is the only network that can deliver reliable broadband connectivity to small form factor, low-profile antennas. With a height of less than 6cm, Iridium antennas produce almost no drag and can be installed just about anywhere on the aircraft. Iridium small form factor hardware is ideal for Helicopters, Turboprops, and light jets. The system can also offer a very attractive back-up system for larger airplanes with broadband connectivity looking for high availability and fully global coverage including polar routes.