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Iridium - Aeronautical mobile satellite (route) services update

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: 03 April, 2009  (Company News)
The Radio-Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) Special Committee 215 (SC-215) has finalized key documents to facilitate evaluation and approval of Iridium-based critical safety communications for air carriers on transoceanic flights.
The RTCA has already published DO-262, Revision A, Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Avionics Supporting Next-Generation satellite systems (NGSS) which includes system-specific standards for Iridium Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Services (AMS(R)S). Moreover, SC-215 submitted a second standards document, the Iridium Satellite System-Specific Attachment to DO-270, Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for the AMS(R)S as Used in Aeronautical Data Links, to the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) for adoption at its April meeting. The publication of these two documents is expected to lead to a corresponding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) with guidance for Iridium avionics.

“Iridium is the only mobile satellite service that provides reliable coverage over the Polar routes used by aircraft on international flights,” said Don Thoma, executive vice president, Marketing, Iridium. “The RTCA approvals represent an important step toward deployment of approved Iridium equipment for AMS(R)S safety services in these high-traffic critical air lanes.”

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