Iridium, Rolls-Royce Marine working together on autonomous vessels

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Iridium Communications has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM), in support of their autonomous vessel development program. Through this arrangement, RRM and Iridium will work together to explore incorporating Iridium’s L-band satellite broadband service, Iridium CertusSM, into the RRM suite of Ship Intelligence solutions, said the companies in a statement.

The capabilities offered by Iridium Certus will help streamline management of vessel operations, whether for command and control, engine diagnostics, tracking information and other onboard processes, according to the companies.