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In early 2019 Iridium updated their entire constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting satellites that were placed in operational orbit in 1998… This much needed 20 year technology upgrade is a game-changer and now Iridium satellites are delivering high-speed Internet (up to 700 Kbps now and 1.2 Mbps soon), push-to-talk, M2M, and Aviation services that were not available… until now. These new service are dubbed “Iridium Certus” and they will change the satellite Industry.

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100% Global Coverage & Service
Iridium Certus services are 100% global even on the north and south poles at full available speeds. There is no place above ground it does not cover... an excellent advantage over other satellite service that have limited service regions or line-of-sight obstructions. The Iridium network uses 66 satellites that are moving in Low-Earth-Orbit... For more information please visit real-time map:
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Thales MissionLink   Thales Vesselink

MissionLINK - Fixed & Mobile
Mount the Thales MissionLink on any vehicle for Internet speeds of 700 Kbps. Includes phone and a host of other services. May also be mounted on a fixed structure.
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VesseLINK - Open Ocean
The maritime companion from Thales is the VesseLINK solution that uses modified antenna designed for Iridium Certus for high-speed Internet on the open sea uses an antenna designed for lower horizon connectivity.
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MCD-MissionLINK - For Portability
For a portable use-anywhere high-speed Internet & phone, the MCD-MissionLINK from Ground Control is designed to operate in extreme environments for hours on internal power.

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A Mobile Office - Internet & Phone

All three products above use the Thales transceiver that offers these features:

  • High-Speed IP data (Internet) up to 700 Kbps* download by 352 Kbps upload (in 2019).
  • Current Internet speeds in Q1 of 2019 are up to 352 Kbps down by 352 Kbps upload.
  • Excellent voice quality over the new Certus network - sample voice clip over Certus
  • Works with standard corded or cordless phones (Standard POTS service)
  • 100% global connectivity - Even when using on the north and south poles.
  • Operates with 66 Low Earth Orbiting satellites orbiting 485 miles (781 km) over Earth.
  • Low-latency (395 +- 100 milliseconds depending on location)... and lower in the future - more
  • WiFi Hotspot - 802.11b/g for up to 12 devices... WPA2 wireless security.
  • Multiple LAN Ethernet Ports (RJ-45) with PoE (Power over Ethernet - Class 2).
  • WAN port for least-cost routing. Connect with a cellular modem and failover control to satellite.
  • Optional Public/Static IPs for remote device connectivity.
  • Can use Internet & phone service simultaneously.
  • Incoming calls are free, only outgoing calls are billed.
  • Live Video Streaming Services up to 256 Kbps (1:1 CIR) coming later in 2019.
  • Location Tracking with ClearSight
  • Terminals are capable of operating in all countries, and Ground Control ships worldwide.

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Iridium Certus Low-Latency

A major benefit of the Iridium LEO Low-Earth-Orbiting satellites is latency (or ping time) is far far less than Geo-Stationary satellites since Iridium satellites are under 500 miles above earth and not 23,000 miles away. Iridium's network latency is expected to be 40 to 50 milliseconds! (In 2020 pinging at about 395ms +- 100 milliseconds)... Compare that with Geo-Stationary satellites that have latency of 500 to 1000 milliseconds and there is no comparison. Many applications such as VPNs operate far better on a low latency connection.

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Our world-class sales and support staff will keep your organization connected and operating with the latest Certus services and hardware from Iridium and its many partners. We pride ourselves on being a leader in the industry by knowing our products inside and out. Ground Control is a manufacturer of the Iridium MCD-MissionLink as well as a service reseller so rest assured we know Iridium Certus inside and out.

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