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Iridium Expands to Alaska with Fanfare

30 августа 2006
Iridium Expands to Alaska with FanfareAlaskan Senator Ted Stevens and retired U.S. Air Force General Joe Ralston joined Iridium Satellite executives for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening of the company's new ground station in Fairbanks over the weekend. Iridium's new telemetry, tracking and command/control (TTAC) station will help provide additional layers of redundancy, flexibility and reliability for its global mobile satellite communication network.

The 12-acre TTAC site includes three Iridium earth terminals, each with large white radomes, and the company plans to add two more terminals this year and three in 2007.

The orbits of the Iridium satellite constellation intersect over the North Pole, and the new ground station will augment visibility and access to the constellation, the company said. It will add to Iridium's command and control capabilities, and provide remote access to the satellites from its existing gateways. In addition, the Alaska ground station will provide seamless, redundant access to the constellation.

"Over the last eight years, satellite communications have become a lifeline for our state," Stevens said. "Our first responders, commercial fishermen, oil and gas workers in the remote north, and bush pilots flying across our state rely upon this system. This new ground station will ensure satellite communications services are available when needed."

The Fairbanks site is Iridium's fourth TTAC station. Two others are located in Canada and Iceland.


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