Iridium Communications

Reliable Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Services & Equipment for Marine & Maritime Vessels & Platforms

United States of America
Iridium Communications
Reliable Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Services & Equipment for Marine & Maritime Vessels & Platforms
1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1400, McLean, VA 22102 United States of America Regional offices

Iridium is a leading provider of satellite communication (SATCOM) services and equipment that provide highly reliable connectivity for marine and maritime vessels and platforms. Backed by a sophisticated network of 66 crosslinked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, our solutions provide truly global reach, empowering a wide range of applications and enabling unprecedented exploration of the world’s oceans.

Cost-effective critical connectivity

With Iridium, any platforms from small buoys and remote sensors to large fleets of shipping vessels can be empowered with trusted connectivity that allows users to receive real-time data and up-to-date metrics, ensure safe operations, and carry out efficient remote management.

Our satellite connectivity data services deliver leading uptime and performance with a low capital investment, providing flexible service plans that allow users to scale according to their requirements and as fleets grow. With an automatic failsafe capability for critical data, users can maintain a link with their vessels and maintain operational efficiencies even when cellular networks are unavailable.

Iridium for Scientific Research & Oceanography

We provide researchers and oceanographers with the means to push the boundaries of exploration and discover more about the planet’s vast bodies of water, offering reliable and weather-resilient connectivity even at the poles and anywhere on Earth. Our flexible solutions are ideal for a wide range of data-gathering and monitoring applications, as well as personnel communications, ranging from Iridium Certus for broadband connectivity to low-latency Short Burst Data (SBD) for status updates.

Scientific Research & OceanographyApplications include:

  • Floating lab operations
  • Autonomous research vessels
  • Data-gathering buoys, gliders, and remote sensors
  • Tsunami early warnings & oil spill detection
  • Wildlife monitoring
  • Scientist communications – email, voice, SMS, data transfer

Iridium for Commercial Fisheries

Our flexible services enable commercial fishing businesses to succeed in a tough market and tougher weather conditions. Providing voice and data services to anywhere on Earth for vessels of any size, we offer scalable solutions with options for seasonal or annual plans, allowing crews to stay connected on the open waters without having to worry about continuous costs when docked.

Iridium for Commercial FisheriesApplications include:

  • Real-time situational awareness
  • Catch reporting
  • Weather updates
  • Water quality data from buoys and sensors
  • Anti-piracy & SOS
  • Crew voice & data communications
  • Real-time fleet management & monitoring

Iridium for Maritime Safety & Security

We have a long and proven history of supplying world-class safety and security systems to vessels ranging from small leisure boats through to the largest SOLAS-regulated ships. Providing pole-to-pole network coverage and excellent resilience in the face of the harshest sea states and weather conditions, our solutions adhere to the latest laws, regulations, and safety standards.

Our advanced maritime safety and security solutions include:

Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS)

Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) – provides distress alerts, maritime safety information and emergency voice calling, enabling you to sail with confidence anywhere on the planet including over the Arctic and Antarctic waters in Sea Area A4.

Ship Security Alert System (SSAS)

Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) – silently request onshore assistance in the event of piracy or terrorism incidents, continuously transmitting to designated recipients such as owners, third-party management services, or Flag States.

Long-Range Identification & Tracking (LRIT)

Long-Range Identification & Tracking (LRIT) – allows vessels to automatically transmit their position for real-time identification and tracking, ensuring full compliance with IMO regulations for larger vessels.

Citadel Satellite Solutions

Citadel Satellite Solutions – provides two-way communications for ship citadels, allowing crew to reach the authorities and request assistance during piracy incidents.

Iridium for Uncrewed & Autonomous Vessels

Low-SWaP Iridium Connected SATCOM solutions can be integrated into a wide variety of USVs (uncrewed surface vessels) and ASVs (autonomous surface vessels), enabling critical capabilities such as situational awareness and collision detection, ship-to-shore data transfer and telematics, and propulsion systems monitoring.

Iridium for Uncrewed & Autonomous VesselsIridium Certus broadband connectivity is a key component of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), a state-of-the-art transatlantic vessel designed to gather environmental data and chance the face of ocean science. Our solutions provide the Mayflower with real-time 24/7 communications and vessel tracking, transmitting performance feedback, location, and situational awareness to the ship’s control center.

Regional Offices & Locations
Corporate Headquarters United States of America 1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1400, McLean, VA 22102 +1.703.287.7400 Contact Website
Business Operations United States of America 8440 South River Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85284 +1.480.752.1100 Website
Europe/Middle East/Africa Region United Kingdom Iridium Satellite UK Limited. The Calf Pens, Hatfield Park Farm, Bush End, Essex CM22 6NG Website