Autonomous Systems Enabling Global Line of Sight


More Efficient Global Technologies #

Autonomous systems are rapidly evolving to provide safer, more efficient technologies for industries around the world. The only truly global communications network, Iridium allows companies, organizations, and governments to stay connected to their remotely-piloted vehicles in the air, on land, and at sea.


Introducing Global Line of Sight to the Remote Pilot Industry #

With no coverage limitations, your remote solutions are always within line of sight, simplifying integration and deployment while, enabling efficient operations across industries. Iridium enables remote solutions for unmanned vehicle systems anywhere in the world, making work safer and more efficient across industries including:

  • Infrastructure & Industrial Inspection (Turbines, Rail, Distribution Lines)
  • Remote Package Delivery
  • Environmental / Climate Monitoring
  • Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Assessment

Aviation #

With the rising use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) across industries, the need for reliable connectivity continues to grow. Iridium’s solutions for remotely-piloted aircraft systems help drive safety and efficiency by combining the benefits of the reliable, global Iridium network with terrestrial network coverage to enable seamless connectivity for:

  • Urban Air Mobility (UAM) / Air Taxis
  • Autonomous Vertical Take Off & Landing (VTOL) Vehicles
  • Unmanned Aviation System Traffic Management (UTM)
  • Global Network-Based Remote ID
  • Package Delivery

Maritime #

The vast and harsh nature of the ocean make it a dangerous place for mariners. With more than 75% of maritime accidents resulting from human error*, autonomous maritime vehicles allow companies and organizations to safely navigate the sea.

Iridium helps increase safety at sea by enabling the truly global use of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV), Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASV), Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV), and Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) for applications including:

  • Maritime Domain Awareness and collision detection
  • Performance optimization
  • Ocean Profiling / Climate Monitoring
  • Scientific Research
  • Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Cargo Shipping

Land Mobile #

As industries increasingly adopt self-driving or autonomous vehicles, the need for un-interrupted connectivity, including locations beyond the reach of traditional networks, continues to grow. Iridium® enables hybrid connectivity solutions for unmanned or autonomous vehicles combining the benefits of the reliable, global Iridium network with terrestrial network coverage for:

  • Remote Delivery
  • Autonomous Transportation
  • Autonomous Mining, Farming, and Construction Applications

Government #

Iridium’s autonomous connectivity solutions enable unmanned aerial systems to offer efficient, intelligent solutions for government missions ranging from ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), to cargo delivery, to scientific research, and more.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Submarines and Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV)
  • Disaster Assessment and Response
  • Atmospheric Observations
  • Meteorology and Weather Forecasting
  • Wildlife and Habitat Monitoring

Industry-Leading Core Technology for Solutions of Every Size #

Iridium’s Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provide small, lightweight, powerful models that increase the capabilities and mission time of unmanned or autonomous systems dramatically.

Iridium 9602 Iridium 9603 Iridium Core 9523 Iridium Certus 9770
 Dimensions (LxWxH) 41 x 45 x 13
31.5 x 29.6 x 8.1
70.44 x 36.04 x 8.9
70.44 x 36.04 x 8.9
 Weight 30g 11.4g 32g 185g
 Power Requirements Idle 35mA
Transmit 140mA
Receive 40mA
Idle 34mA
Transmit 145mA
Receive 39mA
Idle 70mA
Transmit 300mA
Receive 110mA
Idle 70mA
Transmit 300mA
Receive 110mA

Reliable Connectivity Anywhere in Earth’s Atmosphere #

The Iridium network extends the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure with truly mobile communications capabilities, making it ideal for supporting the connectivity needs of autonomous systems regardless of location, terrain, or weather.

From pole to pole, Iridium’s global, low-latency data services provide the ideal solutions for transmitting voice and data messages between autonomous, remote vehicles and centralized computer systems. Through a variety of compact, low-weight transceivers, Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) enables:

  • Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) / Global Line of Sight
  • Command and Control (C2) Primary Communications
  • Telematics

Soon, the Iridium Certus 9770 will enable additional midband services, including:

  • Global Network-Based Remote ID
  • Optimal for UAV/UAS Traffic Management (UTM), Safety Services

Iridium Connected Solutions Serve Remote Areas #

Through a variety of Iridium Connected solutions, Iridium and its partners provide organizations around the world with the ability to:

  • Dramatically extend their reach beyond terrestrial networks
  • Make more informed decisions with real-time access to data
  • Optimize operations and reduce costs by increasing efficiencies
  • Protect critical assets and equipment through global tracking and monitoring
  • Generate new revenue by unlocking opportunities in remote areas

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