ISU - Summer 2024

Iridium Win Contract with SSC’s Commercial Space Office

Credit: Iridium Communications Inc.

Ibadan, 5 June 2024. – Iridium Communications Inc. has won a new five-year contract with the United States Space Force’s Space Systems Command’s Commercial Space Office (COMSO) for Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) capabilities and security sustainment services (ECS3).

In support of the Iridium EMSS program, the ECS3 contract will ensure continued optimal operations of the EMSS Service Center in support of critical U.S. government applications. The value of the contract is approximately $94 million with a potential total value of $103 million, based on future surge requirements.

The Iridium EMSS program delivers access to global unlimited secure and standard narrowband voice, broadcast, push-to-talk and select additional services to an unlimited number of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and DoD-approved subscribers. Furthermore, supporting this program, the EMSS Service Center will provide connectivity into the Iridium® network enabling critical communication applications.

Speaking on the award, Scott Scheimreif, executive vice president, government programs, Iridium, said, “This new contract ensures our critical support to the EMSS Service Center well into the future. We have been working with Department of Defense EMSS Program Office for over 20 years, providing the sustainment and security enhancements necessary for our warfighters to execute their missions.”  Scheimreif also added, “The EMSS mission is a perfect example of the U.S. Space Force’s recently released Commercial Space Strategy, leveraging the innovation of Iridium and our valuable partner ecosystem.

In September 2019, Iridium won a seven-year, $738.5 million airtime services contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), continuing the EMSS program and furthering Iridium’s role as an integral part of the United States government’s critical communications infrastructure through at least 2026. As a result, this new ECS3 contract will support the infrastructure used for EMSS through 2029.

Check Also

COSPAR Kicks off 2024’s Scientific Assembly in Busan

COSPAR has kicked off the COSPAR 2024 Scientific Assembly in Busan, celebrating the theme "Team Spirit in Space Research." The assembly counted around 2800 participants from over 60 countries with attendees engaging with scientists, presenting over 3000 talks and posters, and participating in 150 scientific events. The Assembly brought space leaders from KASA, NASA, CNSA, ISRO, JAXA, ASI, and the UAE together, with the roundtable of Space Agency leaders featuring the next decade of space science programs from each agency. Also, space sustainability emerged as a major recurring theme.