Iridium(R) Announces First Development Partners for 'NEXT'

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium(R) Satellite has contracted with seven key partners in the beginning phase of designing and developing its "Iridium NEXT" satellite constellation. These first partners -- Avaliant, Boeing, General...


About Avaliant

Avaliant (www.avaliant.com) is primarily a system engineering, system architecture and system design company with an emphasis on mobile and satellite communications and network systems. To effectively accomplish its system engineering objectives, Avaliant has established strong software development, modeling and simulation capabilities. Avaliant utilizes software packages such as OPNET, MATLAB, STK (Satellite Tool Kit), and Excel. The company often integrates and extends the capabilities of these packages using multiple scripting languages and C/C++.

About Boeing

Boeing (www.boeing.com) is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.

About General Dynamics

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, operates and maintains mission systems for defense, space, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, homeland security and homeland defense customers. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the company specializes in ground systems; imagery processing; mission payloads; space vehicles; maritime subsurface, surface and airborne mission systems; and tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination programs for national intelligence. More information is available on the Internet at www.gd-ais.com.

About KinetX

KinetX, Inc. (www.kinetx.com) is an innovative engineering, technology, software development and business consulting firm providing complete systems solutions. Specializing in aerospace systems, the company's engineers have an established track record of applying and integrating systems engineering, space navigation, modeling and simulation, and business applications that operate on the forefront of technology. With a well-earned reputation for efficient problem solving, KinetX has consistently increased client revenue, reduced costs, and accelerated timelines. KinetX, Inc., a privately held company, has achieved significant growth and recognition in the engineering marketplace. KinetX has maintained an aggressively planned annual growth rate, based on the strategy that it continues to provide engineering technology while pursuing product solutions that leverage existing expertise.

About MicroSat Systems, Inc.

MSI (www.microsatsystems.com) offers high-performance microsatellites and spacecraft subsystems, including space power systems, advanced miniaturized avionics and lightweight composite structures, to government and commercial customers. MSI is currently building the Demonstration and Science Experiment (DSX) spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force and is also developing advanced spacecraft subsystems in thin-film solar arrays, plug and play avionics, and lightweight structures.

About Trident Sensors

Trident Sensors' core business is to provide systems and services for marine and oceanographic data communications, including live tracking (www.tridentsensors.com). A major motivation is to support the investigation of global climate change. Trident pursues this end by supplying instrumentation to researchers in the field, including those working on the Arctic and Antarctic oceans and ice fields. Also, Trident is investigating with Iridium the potential of the NEXT constellation for Earth observation sensor payloads focused on ocean-atmosphere processes. Trident is a value- added manufacturer for Iridium.

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