Rockwell Collins is to be a value-added manufacturer (VAM) for Iridium Certus broadband terminals. As a VAM, Rockwell Collins will design and manufacture the terminals, which will enable users to utilize Iridium Certus, the voice and data service enabled by the Iridium Next satellite constellation.
“Through this agreement with Iridium, we’ll be able to deliver high-speed flight deck connectivity to meet the growing connectivity needs of our customers,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, air transport systems, Rockwell Collins. “We also see the potential to offer services through our Arinc information management services, giving customers a single source for their Iridium Next connectivity needs.”
The first launch of Iridium Next satellites is scheduled for October 2015.