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L3 Telemetry & RF Products Supports the Successful Launch of the Iridium NEXT Satellite Constellation

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 14, 2017) – L3 Telemetry & RF Products (L3 T&RF), a proud member of the Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) team, announced today that its CDU-100 command link decryptor and InControl™ commanding software successfully supported the January 14 launch of the first group of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Iridium NEXT marks the largest order for L3’s CDU-100, with a total of 80 units to be delivered for the full constellation.

“We have been providing satellite solutions to Iridium® since 2012 and are especially pleased to deliver products used both on board the new NEXT satellites for spaceborne communications and on the ground for telemetry, command and control,” said James Yates, Vice President of Business Development for L3 T&RF. “Working side-by-side with Iridium and its primary partners to deliver these capabilities is very exciting, and we are committed to being a part of the program’s continued success.”

Each Iridium NEXT satellite currently carries the L3 T&RF CDU-100 – a command link decryptor that meets CNSSP-12 policy requirements to enable satellite support of U.S. government missions. L3 T&RF also provides its InControl software in support of satellite fleet on-orbit operations for the Iridium Satellite Control Segment (SCS). InControl is specifically designed for satellite command and telemetry processing, general state-of-health monitoring, and anomaly identification and correction. It also includes several additional tools that will help keep the Iridium NEXT fleet healthy and operational.

Iridium NEXT is a next-generation satellite constellation that will replace and enhance Iridium’s existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites. Spanning the globe, Iridium® is the largest commercial satellite constellation in space.

L3 Telemetry & RF Products (L3 T&RF) is a full-service manufacturer of state-of-the-art communication and telemetry solutions for space, airborne, terrestrial and maritime applications. Its integrated solutions combine latest-generation technologies and proven processes and are provided to defense, intelligence and government agencies, as well as international and commercial organizations. The company partners with customers, industry and academia to develop innovations that reduce costs and improve performance. To learn more about L3 T&RF, please visit the company’s website at

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at

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Contact: James Yates
Vice President, Business Development
L3 Telemetry & RF Products