Autonomous Systems Operations With The Iridium Network

Autonomous Systems Operations With The Iridium Network #

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


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


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


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 much 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

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