Iridium Communications has announced Rockwell Collins as the newest Iridium Certus service provider for the aviation industry.
Additionally, Rockwell will oversee the design and production of Iridium Certus terminals, a role in which it tasked with devising next-gen L-band broadband solutions.
“For our ARINCDirect business aviation operators, Iridium Certus will offer small form factor antennas and terminals which are ideal for operators of smaller aircraft requiring internet connectivity,” said Michael DiGeorge, VP of commercial aviation services for Rockwell Collins.
“For our airline and government customers, the Iridium Certus service will enable a variety of capabilities for cockpit safety, enhanced aircraft reporting, graphical weather, EFBs and other operational aircraft services.”
Customers who opt to take advantage of the Iridium Certus service will benefit from high-gain antenna (HGA) solutions that can provide data speed options of up to 704Kbps. Those who go a step further with the full
Iridium NEXT deployment will be able to enjoy speeds as high as 1.4Mbps. The service’s low-gain antenna (LGA) solutions are also capable of data speeds of up to 176 Kbps.
“Given the FAA’s recent movement toward adopting SATCOM as a primary means of onboard communications, we believe Iridium Certus will be that much more of a shake up to the status quo within the aviation industry, bringing new capabilities, smaller hardware, faster speeds and competitive price packages,” shared Michael Hooper, director and general manager of Iridium’s aviation line of business.