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How Iridium Next-Gen Satellites Will Boost IoT Performance

February 06, 2019 / Wayne Rash

New satellites are aimed at low-latency broadband, IoT and voice communications using relatively low-cost terminals and equipment and providing improved speeds. The Iridium Certus 9770, which is about the size of an iPhone X, can be used for pretty much any type of data an IoT device might produce, including telemetry, pictures, voice calling and internet access. All 66 of the new Iridium Next constellation of satellites are fully operational and are available globally. They are replacing the older Iridium satellites which will be de-orbited in the coming months, and while they will work with existing ground equipment, they provide substantially improved capabilities.Those new capabilities include much better bandwidth than other low-earth-orbit satellites, new features including Aireon, a global flight surveillance system and support for a new smaller class of satellite transceivers aimed at IoT and telemetry operations. With Aireon, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 ...