Under the agreement, Harris will supply a satellite-based ADS-B payload to perform the ADS-B receiver function from the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which consists of 66 low Earth-orbiting satellites, six on-orbit spares and nine ground spares. The payload is based on AppStar™, Harris’ reconfigurable payload platform. The Harris supplied payload will receive the ADS-B messages containing position and other information from each airplane and stream it to Aireon’s ground segment, which will then provide it to the ATM systems of the ANSPs to determine precise aircraft location in near real-time. This approach will allow more optimized air traffic control by ANSPs anywhere in the world. The availability of ADS-B information in near real time at a high update rate, and the reliability of satellite-based aircraft tracking will enable air traffic controllers to safely reduce the mandated separation between aircraft and will allow aircraft to fly more directly from one point to another over remote areas.As a part of the agreement, Harris and Iridium have entered into a broader strategic relationship to potentially jointly pursue other business opportunities requiring advanced communications solutions. The Iridium global communications constellation, coupled with Harris’ highly reliable handheld radios and communications infrastructure, provide a powerful value proposition for key customers in the public safety, defense and maritime markets. “Iridium NEXT, with its global constellation of satellites, will be recognized as the premier hosted payload platform. This program and the strategic alliance with Iridium secure Harris’ position as a major player in this emerging market, while providing exciting opportunities to expand our offerings to other customers,” said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. “This program leverages our leadership in space systems and reconfigurable payload platforms, and also enables us to help the FAA and air navigation service providers around the world meet their modernization goals.
“Aireon has selected the premier leader in the industry by choosing Harris to supply this vital service to such a ground-breaking program,” said Don Thoma, president and CEO, Aireon. “The combined, powerful offering our collective organizations will offer to the global air traffic community will transform air travel.”High-resolution photos are available at www.aireon.com About Harris Corporation Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com. About Iridium Communications Inc. Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.