L-3 Telemetry-West to Provide New Control Center Software for Iridium NEXT Satellite Fleet

L-3 Telemetry-West (L-3 TW) announced today that it has signed a contract with Iridium Communications Inc. to upgrade the Satellite Control Segment (SCS) for the Iridium NEXT program using its InControl™ software suite. Iridium NEXT, the most comprehensive commercial space program currently under way, is a next-generation satellite network scheduled to launch in 2015. The Iridium NEXT constellation will include 66 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, expanding Iridium’s vital role in the global communications infrastructure.

“The selection of L-3 TW for the Iridium NEXT project affirms InControl as an industry-leading fleet management system. L-3 TW is pleased to have been selected by an operator who truly understands fleet management and its associated system challenges. We are excited to be a part of this next-generation satellite program,” said Burt Smith, president of L-3 Telemetry-West.

“L-3 TW is a valued Iridium partner, playing a key role in enabling Iridium NEXT so that it ultimately changes the way people and organizations connect, operate and live,” said Scott Smith, executive vice president of satellite development and operations for Iridium.

L-3 TW’s InControl software will enable the Iridium NEXT SCS by providing core command and control functions. Key InControl system features include significant configurability without code changes, an extensive API and a user-centric fleet management design. The SCS monitors, manages and controls all elements of the current Iridium satellite network and consists of redundant system control facilities, a primary operations center located in Leesburg, Va., and a backup operations center located in Chandler, Ariz.

Source: L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL)
Date: Mar 5, 2012