Satellite communication overall is a wonder, and Iridium® has made that wonder a reality and, in the very near future, a source of infinite possibility. The revolutionary Iridium NEXT constellation is bringing futuristic fantasies to life with technology’s best and brightest international partnerships to ensure incredible communication applications worldwide.
Nor-Shipping, the top maritime shipping exhibition and conference in the world, drew an incredible global audience to Oslo this past week. This year at the exhibition, discussions focused on advanced technology for very-near-future increased efficiencies and smart shipping, but also jumped ahead to start to plan for autonomous ships and remote fleet navigation. This push for technologically advanced ship design comes with good timing as the IMO continues to strengthen emissions regulations causing ship builders the world over to open designs to great possibilities.
Four satellites in the exactView RT powered by Harris constellation are currently orbiting miles and miles above us waiting for their other 61 companions to launch later this year. These advanced payloads will provide exactEarth customers with rapid, reliable and real-time insight into global shipping activity for the first time ever.
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Many people, myself included, get their television from satellites. We place a small almost circular ‘dish’ antenna on our home, point it towards the sky and turn the electronics on to receive entertainment via our televisions. Once setup, the ‘dish’ does not have to move unless you do.
exactViewRT powered by Harris will have 65 payloads onboard the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites. After launch, each satellite is moved into its pre-assigned position relative to the other satellites. Once there, this position is maintained throughout the life of the constellation by using fuel on each satellite to make course corrections known as “station keeping”. In other words, not all orbits around the earth are equal and knowing which orbits to put your satellites in and how to keep them where you put them is fundamentally critical to providing a satellite based service. It truly is all about “Orbital Mechanics”.
exactEarth has led the world in the creation, introduction and evolution of detecting from Low Earth Orbit satellites VHF signals emitted from marine vessels known as Automatic Identification System (AIS). We started with one of the first AIS detecting satellites, NTS, and have grown our constellation to include 9 satellites with 26 ground stations around the world. Combined with two data centers supporting the highest detection rate possible using our patented algorithms, we are able to produce the most reliable, consistent Satellite AIS service available and provide that service to over 250 customers worldwide.
One of the really cool things about exactViewRT powered by Harris is that it is a “Real-Time” system. You might wonder what we mean by this and how it is accomplished. The best way to think about what we mean is to think of how the Internet works.