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AUSA 2019: Iridium eyes new satellite transceiver for US Army blue-force tracking

20 October 2019

Iridium Communications is months away from finalising development of a new, small form factor satellite transceiver that will likely be the company's offering for the US Army's ongoing blue-force tracking upgrade initiative.

The Iridium Certus 9770 small form factor satellite communications transceiver is specifically designed as a mobile, USB-tethered mid-band transceiver that can upload data to the company's satellite constellations at 22 kilobytes per second (kb/s) while downloading and disseminating data from the constellation at 88 kb/s at L-band speeds. The focus of the company's new transceiver technology is targeted at unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and dismounted soldier communication systems, Iridium vice-president for Government Business Development Ken Flowers said.

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