Bristow Helicopters Ltd First to Deploy Search and Rescue Applications Using Iridium
December 2, 2014 Bluetooth

Bristow Helicopters Ltd First to Deploy Search and Rescue Applications Using Iridium(R) and Thales Broadband Connectivity Solutions – Iridium is the Only Satellite Network Capable of Providing In-Flight High-Speed Connectivity on Rotorcraft

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 2, 2014 — Iridium Communications
Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced Bristow Helicopters Limited will use
Iridium OpenPort(R) broadband service via LiveAero, a Thales product,
to enable high-speed connectivity on their Sikorsky S-92 helicopters
for search and rescue applications. Iridium with LiveAero is the only
mobile satellite network that has demonstrated the capability of
providing reliable in-flight broadband connectivity on rotorcraft.

“This is an exciting development in aviation communications. Iridium
has been the de facto choice for rotorcraft satellite communications
for a decade, which has now been extended to include our broadband
services as well,” stated Brian Pemberton, executive director, aviation
and maritime lines of business, Iridium. “We are excited to be
providing the mission critical communications to enhance search and
rescue (SAR) capabilities, and we look forward to working with our
partners to introduce many additional applications that can be uniquely
enabled by the Iridium network. The heavy rotorcraft segment provides
an addressable market of more than 10,000 aircraft worldwide – many are
ideal candidates for LiveAero’s solution using Iridium broadband

The equipped Bristow helicopters will be deployed to support civilian
SAR services across the UK and around the coastline as part of
Bristow’s contract with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in the
United Kingdom. Bristow began SAR operations in 2013 from the Stornoway
and Sumburgh bases. By summer 2017, 10 helicopter bases will be fully
operational across the UK.

The urgent nature of this work requires a reliable communications
network, and LiveAero and Iridium broadband connectivity will enable
SAR teams to provide enhanced in-flight care and triage such as fully
automated electronic patient information and real-time transmissions of
patient vitals to on-ground medical facilities.

The Iridium OpenPort broadband service is powered by the world’s
largest and only truly global communications network, providing
pole-to-pole coverage. With its unique constellation of 66 cross-linked
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, Iridium provides reliable and
efficient Internet and voice services to users globally. In 2015
Iridium is scheduled to begin launching the new Iridium NEXT
constellation; when fully operational it will offer even greater data
speeds, service choices and capacity.

For more information on Iridium OpenPort broadband services, go to

For more information on LiveAero, go to

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